The Hill Dickinson Foundation is open for applications.


Background Information: The Hill Dickinson Foundation is a fund administered and managed by the Community Foundation for Merseyside. Hill Dickinson is an international law firm which has been headquartered in Liverpool for over 200 years.

The Hill Dickinson Foundation aims to make a positive contribution to the communities in which the firm operates by supporting local grassroots organisations and projects.

Applicants should ensure they demonstrate how their proposed project meets the Hill Dickinson Foundation priorities below and beneficiaries should be from the Merseyside area.  

The closing date is Friday 15 November 2019 but due to a limited budget, the fund may close earlier when sufficient applications are received.

Fund priorities: Homelessness, mental health, resilience and confidence (particularly among women)

We are looking to support projects that:

  • tackle the issues of homelessness (cause or effect)
  • encourage positive mental wellbeing
  • assist those suffering from ill mental health
  • encourage resilience and support self-confidence (particularly amongst women)

Examples of the sorts of projects that may be funded:

  • Projects that offer advice and guidance to people at risk of homelessness
  • Peer mentoring projects that focus on improving mental health and wellbeing
  • Confidence building and education sessions to homeless people to help them move on and gain employment
  • Confidence building projects and workshops that assist girls and women to unlock their potential personally or professionally
  • Drop-in centres for homeless people
  • Support groups and helpline/counselling services for people with mental health issues
  • Projects tackling the issue of bullying with young people
  • Projects that look to achieve a positive mindset change around mental health, e.g. awareness-raising projects
  • Moving in packs for young people moving into their own home
  • Activities to support women suffering from domestic violence

How much is available:  The maximum amount you can apply for is £3000.  The total budget available for Merseyside is £20,000

Which areas are covered: All boroughs of Merseyside including Halton

Any special criteria: The programme is aimed at small grassroots groups with an income level of under £200,000.

How to apply?

Please visit the Community Foundations for Lancashire and Merseyside’s website – and complete an online application form or follow this link which will take you directly to the 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 or post them to the address below.

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 Criminal Records Bureau checks and/or a health and safety policy, depending on the 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
  • Trophies and medals
  • CCTV/Security measures
  • Organisations that are set up for the benefit of animals or plants: an environmental group that works with animals or the environment (such as city farms) are acceptable
  • Groups comprising just one family
  • Debts and other liabilities
  • Reclaimable VAT
  • Travel outside the 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 Foundations for Lancashire & Merseyside

Third Floor,

Stanley Building,

43 Hanover Street,

Liverpool, L1 3DN

T: 0330 440 4900

D: 0151 294 4756



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