Feedback from the Greater Merseyside Funding Advisors Meeting (GMFAG)


The GMFAG group has funding advisor representatives from Borough Councils, Volunteer Centre’s and CVS’s throughout Greater Merseyside. The group met in Halton on the 6th December 2017 to discuss fundraising issues for the voluntary and community sector in Merseyside.

Heritage Lottery fund changes and funds going forward into 2018.  

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This means that the amount of money that HLF have to spend going into 2018 will be significantly less.  They have also cut a number of grant programmes.

Big Lottery fund reviews and consultations for Reaching Communities and Awards for All.

Big Lottery are considering running a regular regional panel to continually gather feedback and assess these programmes.  The group have included as an agenda item:  Monitoring how the changes to the applications for Awards for All and Reaching Communities may affect voluntary and community groups both in a positive and negative way.  There also seems to be some confusion about match funding for Reaching Communities.  Can you get in touch if you have had a rejection due to lack of match funding. (If you have any thoughts please get in touch with me by email [email protected]Also don’t forget that as part of the service we provide at Community Action Wirral, we can act as a critical friend and review any funding bids for you, including Lottery bids.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Advisors fed back about what was happening with regard to this issue in their boroughs. Salient points that emerged were that the ICO is the go to organisation, however are understaffed currently.  There are new updates planned for December.  Information Events are being planned in most boroughs. (Get in touch if you want to know what is happening on Wirral)

Diversification of income streams

NCVO did a lot of work in this arena a couple of years ago, but it now seems to be emerging on the forefront again due to the reduction in local government funds and the increased competition for grants.  We will be running a workshop in early 2018 around this topic, so keep an eye on the website if you are interested.


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