Merseyside Community Investment Fund

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Merseyside Community Investment Fund

 Background Information: The Merseyside Community Investment Fund (formerly known as the Merseyside 100 fund) aims to bring together businesses, organisations and individuals to address urgent social issues whilst making a modest financial commitment to collectively have a greater impact in the improvement of our communities

 What is the focus of the fund: The fund aims to support projects that may struggle to access funding from other sources.  As funding for this programme is unrestricted grants awarded from this fund can be used to respond to local issues of concern to the community or pro-actively tackle an urgent social need. The panel is also keen to fund projects that fit in with the social themes identified in our recent Vital Signs report, which can be viewed at http://www.cfmerseyside.org.uk/knowledge/vital-signs-2015

How much is available: up to £1000 (or more in exceptional circumstances). The total budget available is £12k so the fund will be closed when an oversubscription ration of 3:1 has been received.

 NB: Priority will be given to the following:

  • Projects that target disadvantage and or deprivation
  • Projects that encourage the community to take a pro-active approach to make a difference in their communities
  • Ongoing activities rather than one off events
  • Groups with small reserves as long as they are viable
  • Innovative projects that would not be normally considered for funding by corporate driven criteria

The closing date is 19 August 2016 – this may be earlier depending on the number of applications received (as mentioned above)

How to apply?

Please visit the Community Foundation for Merseyside’s website – www.cfmerseyside.org.uk and complete an online application form. Once you have submitted the online application you will need to send the documents listed below. If you do not submit all the relevant documents within 7 days your application will be withdrawn.  You can now attach the documents to your online application, email them to [email protected] or post them to the address below.

Documents which need to be included with your application:

Groups

  • A copy of the group’s rules or constitution
  • A copy of the group’s latest annual accounts or income/expenditure document
  • A copy of a recent bank statement for your group
  • 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 Criminal Records Bureau 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 (details below)
  • 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 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 organizations that cannot demonstrate local governance and control of local finances
  • 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 set up 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 – social events can be funded where there is a clear community benefit

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 of the closing date.

For further information please contact Joan Ford, Community Philanthropy Manager at:

 Community Foundation for Merseyside, Third Floor, Stanley Building, 43 Hanover Street, Liverpool, L1 3DN

T: 0151 232 2444

Email: [email protected]

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