Liverpool ONE Foundation Small Award Fund – rolling programme with a small budget.

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Liverpool ONE Foundation Small Award Fund guidelines

 We are pleased to announce the launch of the new Liverpool ONE Foundation grant-making programme. Liverpool ONE, with support from the Community Foundation for Merseyside, have taken time to review their giving and the needs in the local community and following this plan to take a more dynamic and less conventional approach.

Adopting a long-term approach, the aim of the Liverpool ONE Foundation is to demonstrate a decrease in children and young people suffering mental health problems in Merseyside.  As part of their wider plans the Foundation wishes to pilot a small award fund with the purpose of nurturing innovation to help support the prevention of mental health problems in children and young people and improve their mental well-being. This fund will enable organisations to test ideas or concepts that may be deemed risky or results not guaranteed and although outcomes will be monitored the focus will be more on the new ideas and approaches as well as learning what worked well and what did not.

What is the focus of the Small Award Programme: The aim is to encourage innovation and test new ideas and approaches to determine what works and what doesn’t to help prevent the development of mental health problems and encourage mental well-being in children and young people aged up to 21 years of age.

How much is available: Grants are available for between £1,000 and £3,000

Which areas are covered: Merseyside and Halton

Any special criteria:

  • The programme is aimed at small grassroots groups
  • Liverpool John Moores University Public Health Institute (LJMU) will continually assess the overall impact and success of the Foundation and any successful applicant will be asked to share with any lessons learnt with them.

Budget: This is a rolling fund with a small budget of £10,000. Once sufficient applications have been received, and the budget spent, Community Foundation will close the fund and potential applicants will be advised via social media channels and our website, however we do envisage running the Small Award Fund again next year.

How to apply?

Please visit the Community Foundations for Lancashire and Merseyside’s website – www.cfmerseyside.org.uk and complete a short Small Award Fund online application form. Once you have submitted this you will need to send the documents listed below. If relevant documents are not submitted within 7 days your application will be withdrawn.  Please attach the documents to your online application or email them to [email protected]

Documents which need to be included with your application:

  1. A copy of the group’s rules or constitution
  2. A copy of the group’s latest annual accounts or income/expenditure document
  3. A copy of a recent bank statement for your group
  4. A copy of the group’s current Safeguarding Policy. All applicants must ensure that they hold relevant policies and procedures in place to undertake activities, such as DBS checks and/or a health and safety policy, depending on proposed activity. If unsure about what you need please contact the Community Foundation for help

NB: If you have received a grant from us in the last 12 months and have already submitted copies of the above documents, you do not need to send them in again. However, a recent set of annual accounts and bank statement is required with every application.

The following items cannot be supported via the fund:

  • Statutory organisations or work that is their responsibility
  • National organisations that cannot demonstrate local governance/autonomy
  • Commercial ventures
  • Purchase/maintenance of vehicles
  • Activities that will have already taken place before we offer you a grant
  • Politically connected or exclusively religious activities
  • Projects for personal profit
  • Organisations that are established for the benefit of animals or plants: environmental groups that work with animals or the environment (such as city farms) are acceptable
  • Groups comprising just one family
  • Debts and other liabilities
  • Reclaimable VAT
  • Travel outside UK
  • Gifts or projects exclusively for the purpose of entertaining

What happens next?

Completed applications are considered by Community Foundation staff to check eligibility. You may be contacted for more information after applying and a decision-making panel will make recommendations based on the fund’s criteria and the budget available. You should expect to hear the outcome of your application within 6 weeks.

For further information please contact:

Tina Kennedy, Community Philanthropy Manager

Community Foundations for Lancashire & Merseyside

Third Floor,

Stanley Building,

43 Hanover Street, Liverpool, L1 3DN

T: 0151 232 2444

Email: [email protected]

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