Community Foundations for Lancashire and Merseyside are one of the UK’s most innovative community foundations and we are Lancashire and Merseyside's local grant-maker. We work with donors with varying levels of wealth and resources who are all passionate and care about the positive development of Lancashire and Merseyside, wishing to tackle the key social issues facing our closest communities. We offer the opportunity to give to local causes in our region by connecting donors to the community by distributing grants to local grassroots community groups and voluntary projects operating in Lancashire and Merseyside. Essentially, we manage the grant making process for other people, ensuring their funding reaches the projects and people our donors want to help.
Each fund that we manage has criteria, outlining the types of projects that can be considered. We recommend you look at the criteria for each fund to find which one is most suitable.
The size of grants available varies for each fund and is dependant on specific criteria laid out by the donor, the type of project and what can reasonably be achieved with the money. Funding criteria can specify grants of typically between £250 and £10,000.
Yes, there are limited funding streams available for individuals to apply in specific boroughs of Lancashire and Merseyside.
Yes, though we require at least three Directors to be in place and they must be unrelated. We can only support CICs limited by guarantee and not by shares (unless the governing document expressly states no dividends or bonuses are issued to shareholders).
I do not know if my project meets the criteria of a particular fund, can I still apply?
We ask that you check there is an available grant fund that could consider your project before you apply. The criteria for each fund is clearly stated and you are welcome to contact us if you are unsure. This will save you time as we will withdraw applications that do not meet the criteria of any available grant fund.
If you need clarification on a specific question then please do not hesitate to contact one of our staff here at the Community Foundations for Lancashire and Merseyside. However, if you require further assistance or are new to writing applications we ask you to please contact your local Council for Voluntary Service or Community Development agency, the contact details can be found in the Useful Links section on our website.
When submitting your application you need to ensure you have submitted the supporting documents within seven days, failure to do so may lead to your application being withdrawn. We would prefer you to submit your documents electronically but if you cannot do this then please post them. You do not have to send in an original bank statement a copy is fine.
If you have received a grant from the Community Foundation within the last 12 months you do not need to re-submit your supporting documents. But we do need to see your most recent accounts so if you have produced new annual accounts since the last application then please send these in.
We require a copy of your:
Yes, you can though it must be for either a different project or different costs if the same project. You can only submit one application to a particular fund at any one time.
We complete an initial sift of applications. If your application is still incomplete seven days after submission (no supporting document provided) your application will be withdrawn without further notification. If your application is complete though does not sufficiently meet the criteria of one of our available funding programmes you will be notified.
If your application is complete and is unsuccessful at a grants panel you will be notified with the reasons for the declination within two weeks of the grants panel by email or letter.
You will receive an email/ letter informing you on this occasion that you have not been successful. Included in this will be a summary of the panellist’s comments, detailing why you have not been supported. You are able to apply again to the Community Foundation and do not have to wait 12 months to re-apply.
Most of our grant programmes have their own application forms now which can be completed online. All forms can be accessed by clicking on the apply section in our website.
Yes, please advise us that you are in the process of setting up a bank account. If your application is successful we will need a letter from the bank confirming the account details. We are also able to send a grant payment to another organisation who can accept the funds on your behalf (such as your local Council for Voluntary Service and we would need a letter from them agreeing to hold the grant for you).
The majority of our grant programmes have their own online application forms. If you are not able to access this for whatever reason then please contact us for further information on how we can support you with your application.
As standard practice, we can not consider organisations with less than three unrelated trustees / directors / management committee members. Each fund differs so please check the fund criteria but generally we do not fund the following:
We ask all our grant recipients to complete a monitoring form once they have finished spending the grant and to send this to us along with evidence of expenditure. Further information on this can be found on the Monitoring & Evaluation section of the website.
We are able to consider variations and/or extension requests and these must be made in writing to us by email or letter. We need to know the reason for the extension/variation request, when the funding will be spent by and you should submit a new budget together with the planned outcomes (for a variation)
Please refer to each grant programme for further information on deadlines. Some programmes have specific closing dates whilst others operate on a rolling basis and you can apply any time.
Most of our grants are paid by electronic transfer direct to your bank, which is why we ask for an up to date bank statement. If for some reason this is not possible then we will send a cheque in the group’s name to the contact.
You can apply to the Foundation at any time you do not have to wait a certain amount of time but you can only apply to the same fund once the first grant has been spent and all monitoring has been completed. In some cases where a fund is oversubscribed priority may be given to those groups who have not received a grant from this fund before.