Grants for Merseyside

grants for merseyside

Before you apply

  • Is your work charitable?
  • Do you produce annual accounts (if over one year old)?
  • Do you have a written set of rules?
  • Do you have a bank account in the name of the group which requires at least two unrelated signatories?
  • Does your project fall within the criteria? 


We accept requests for up to 3 years of funding when salaries are required. If an organisation has received a grant for three years in a row, it will not be eligible for a further grant until at least a year has elapsed since the end of the previous one.

John Moores Foundation supports the Real Living Wage, therefore, we would encourage applications which pay staff at the current Real Living Wage of £12 per hour as a minimum - What is it? | Living Wage Foundation.

Preference is given to organisations seeking funding for projects which fall within the Foundation’s target areas for giving which are:

running costs   


capacity building                                                                           

volunteer training and out of pocket expenses                             


Trustees will continue to review the Foundation’s grant making policy at regular intervals.

No grants are made to individuals, nor are grants made for capital building projects or for work that clearly falls under statutory responsibility. Please see What We Do Not Fund for a complete list of our exclusions.

The size of grant varies, but we prefer to give smaller grants to a larger number of projects. Small schemes are preferred because capacity and ambition are likley to be better matched and people are more likely to be stimulated to further effort. Applications may be refused where we feel that the organisation concerned is already well funded or has large reserves. If your group is not a registered charity, you may apply for funding as long as the work you do is charitable in law.

The types of organisations / projects that we like to support

Those that are:

  • trying to help communities to come together to work effectively on the issues that matter to them
  • working in partnership with others to build trust and cohesive communitites
  • providing advice and support
  • trying to change attitudes and broaden horizons

People we would like the organisation/project to support

  • Those suffering from poverty and financial crisis
  • Those in or at risk poor physical or mental health
  • Those in social, physical and cultural isolation
  • Black, Asian and minority ethnic people
  • Refugees
  • Women including girls, especially those at risk of violence and abuse
  • Children and young people aged 5 and over
  • Those suffering discrimination
  • Families needing support
  • Homeless people
  • Carers
  • Adults with few or no educational qualifications

 NOTE: Unsolicited applications that fall outside our policy criteria are not considered

Examples of grants awarded in 2022-2023

  • £5,000 for the salary of the Older Persons' Adviser to an advice service.
  • £10,000 towards running costs, volunteers' expenses requested by an Iranian community group.
  • £10,000 to an organisation working with asylum seekers for emergency support. 
  • £7,000 towards part-time Youth Support Worker's salary.
  • £5,000 for a project working with HIV +/ LGBT women seeking asylum.
  • £13,000 for salary costs for the Family Intervention Worker to a community organisation.
  • £5,000 for a salary of the Homelessnes Prevention Worker.
  • £5,000 towards counselling sessions, workshops, room hire and salary for a group working with Polish the community.
  • £11,139 for a salary of the Community Engagement Worker.