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 or running costs are required. 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                             

one-off projects                                                                             

equipment (if part of a wider project) 

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. 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 build and strengthen communities
  • working in partnership with others
  • carrying out trust building initiatives
  • addressing previously unmet needs
  • providing advice and support
  • trying to change attitudes and broaden horizons

Who we would like the organisation/project to support

  • Those suffering from poverty and financial crisis
  • Those in poor physical or mental health
  • Black, Asian and minority ethnic people
  • Refugees
  • Women including girls
  • Children and young people aged 5 to 25
  • 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 2019-2020

  • £4,000 for the salary of the Co-ordinator/Advocacy Worker and running costs to a Somali Community Association.
  • £7,000 towards the salary of the Bereavement by Suicide Support Co-ordinator.
  • £3,000 for a Personal and Social Independence Project run by a local youth organisation.
  • £6,500 towards play sessions for disabled children.
  • £500 to a wheelchair basketball group towards a BSL course.
  • £3,000 for a volunteer training, expenses and sessional fees to a community organisation.
  • £6,626 to a carers' charity for social clubs in Kensington and Wavertree.
  • £7,000 towards the salary of the BEM Family Support Service Co-ordinator to a BEM mental health community group.
  • £3,000 for a recovery programme for survivors of domestic abuse.