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  • 1. Community Foundation for Merseyside • Grant-Maker predominately in Merseyside and UK wide •Administrator of commissioned programmes • Administrator of giving for 50 donors and philanthropists • Part of a national network of 58 UK community foundations • Linked to a global movement
  • 2. Eligibility • You must be a voluntary or community group or registered charity or other non-profit making organisation – you must be able to demonstrate that you exist for public benefit. We also fund CICs and social enterprises • You need to have a constitution or set of rules, bank account and management committee • Your proposed project should be for the benefit of the community and be based on a real need.
  • 3. What can’t be funded • Statutory organisations or work that is their responsibility such as schools, local authority • 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
  • 4. What can’t be funded • 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
  • 5. Next step • Check website for available funds • Check that what you want to apply for broadly meets the criteria of one of the funds we have open – all funds have different criteria • Some funds have closing date and some operate on a rolling basis • If not sure contact us and check • VCAW can also help
  • 6. Peel Ports 500 Fund • Projects must build the capacity of the community to help itself, be based on real need, show volunteer involvement and demonstrate value for money. • £50-£500 per grant • Covers boroughs of Sefton, Liverpool, Halton and Wirral • Priority will be given to those groups working in disadvantaged areas • Groups should show how their project can be sustained and what the long term benefits of their project will be. • Rolling fund
  • 7. Merseyside Police and High Sheriff’s Charitable Fund • The fund aims to promote a safer and increased quality of life through the prevention of crime and the protection of people and property from criminal acts – priority will be given to young people’s projects for diversionary projects • Grants will normally range from £500 to £2500 • Groups should have been constituted for at least 12 months before seeking funding. The panel is unlikely to fund salaries and staff costs • NB The panel is unlikely to fund CCTV systems or similar pieces of equipment • Two panels a year – Autumn and Spring
  • 8. Deutsche Bank Fund • Aims to prevent youth unemployment by supporting exciting opportunities that engage young people (aged 11- 18) – enabling them to fulfill their potential. • Projects that prevent young people becoming NEET later in life; • Projects that provide educational support or opportunities; • Projects that enable young people to develop essential life skills and/or employability/enterprise skills
  • 9. Deutsche Bank Fund • Grants of up to £5000 are available – can apply for no more than 30% of your total annual income • Annual income must be less than £250k and priority will be given to groups with income level of under £200k • Will NOT fund capital costs or equipment purchases (but can request consumables) and organisations established for less than a year • Closing date – end July (panel September)
  • 10. Police Commissioners Police Property Act Fund • Aims to reduce crime, improve public safety or support victims. • Grants of up to £5,000 are available • Priorities: • Reducing anti-social behaviour • Tackling serious and organised crime • Maintaining public safety • Tackling hate crime • Improving victim services • Supporting neighbourhood policing
  • 11. Police Commissioners Police Property Act Fund • Will not support core salaries • Closing date: 23/8/13
  • 12. Comic Relief Local Communities • Grants between £1000 - £10,000 • Programme aims to empower local people, enabling them to create lasting change in their communities. • Projects should be run by people directly affected by the issues they are dealing with • Priority will be given to small, locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage
  • 13. Comic Relief Local Communities • Fund priorities - increase local services, build skills of local people, increase community cohesion, respond to local economic needs • Cannot apply if hold grant direct from CR • Must be at least 30% of total cost of project • This round aims to spend 50% of the money available on projects which ‘increase access to sport and exercise for people who face social exclusion and isolation • Next closing date is 23/8/13 • Specific application form
  • 14. Liverpool ONE Foundation • Priorities - Children and Young People, Employability and Education • Programme 1 – Grants of up to £5,000 for community groups with an annual income of up to £200,000 • Aimed at grassroots groups undertaking activity based projects - primarily fund direct project costs and need to be element of sustainability planning • Ensure that your application will cover at least 80% of your total project costs
  • 15. Liverpool ONE Foundation • Programme 2 – Grants of between £10k to £20k per year for up to 3 years for groups with annual income of up to £550k per year • Applicants need to have a project and/or business Plan clearly identifying the aim of your project, milestones over the duration of the project and the social value/impact (outcomes) you plan to achieve • Only 2 funded per year • Next Panel is in December
  • 16. How to Apply • Online application form– www. cfmerseyside.org.uk • Go to the ‘Apply’ section and click to start the application process – this will take you to the ‘Apply online’ section where you can click to apply for a small grant or large grant • Some funds have their own application form • It asks you to read some statements and tick a box to say you have read and understood them • Complete email address and click submit • You will then be sent a link to your email address which allows you to complete the application form • Read the explanatory notes as they will help you with the form • Keep hold of original email as this will allow you to return to form at a later date • Make sure you save when prompted • Straightforward application form • Submit application and post off signed Part B and supporting documents
  • 17. Application form Small grants – up to £1000 • All about you – contact details, type of organisation, aims and objectives of group • About your project – what do you want to do with the grant and how will they benefit • Who will benefit • Project budget Larger grants – above £1000 Same as above plus • Questions on Need and how community is disadvantaged, how will project continue after funding finished, what are the outcomes and how does project meet the outcomes and how you will monitor grant
  • 18. Supporting Documents Make sure to send following with Part B • Constitution/rules • Annual accounts or income/expenditure document • Bank Statement • Safeguarding policies
  • 19. What happens next? • Once Part B and supporting documents received application we check that is eligible for one of current funds • Assessment • Presentation to panel • Award of grant or feedback for unsuccessful projects • Payment of grant • Variations/extensions • Monitoring
  • 20. TopTips • Make sure to return your signed Part B and documents straight away • Keep copy of application form • Always refer to the guidelines and fund criteria • Answer all questions – don’t waffle • State clearly what applying for • Provide detailed budget
  • 21. Top Tips • Avoid see attached or refer to … • Avoid quoting too many ‘nationwide statistics’ • Plan and research - is the need clearly identified. Are any other groups in the area delivering similar project? • Apply for what you need to deliver project and not just what is available in fund • Get the application in on time if there is a closing date identified
  • 22. Thanks Any questions Joan Ford Community Philanthropy Manager