Strengthening Communities Fund

The Community Foundation for Lancashire is inviting applications from voluntary and community organisations who are working in areas that have been affected by flooding and storms between December 2015 and March 2016. The Community Foundation for Lancashire is a brand under the group charity of Community Foundations for Lancashire and Merseyside, registered charity no. 1068887.

As a result of fundraising by the Community Foundation the Lancashire Flood Recovery fund was set up to help individuals and community groups affected by the recent floods and to provide immediate relief and support in the aftermath.  Funding came from a variety of sources including public donations, Trusts and Foundations, other charities and local businesses and companies.

As part of its third stage the Community Foundation is now looking to support voluntary and community organisations who wish to put plans into action to help them cope better with future storms and flooding and to be able to respond pro-actively to emergencies and natural disasters in their community.  We also want to support communities that have come together as a result of the flooding and build on this community spirit.  

We encourage local people to come together and discuss ways in which they can make their communities more resilient in future.   Local communities are better placed to identify what needs to be done and will be able to respond more quickly and take the most appropriate action.  Following the recent flooding communities rallied together and helped each other; we want to enable groups to build on that feeling of being part of a larger community not just in times of crisis but to support with community cohesion activities throughout the year.  So the Community Foundation is also keen to support projects and items that can be used again and again for other emergencies and community activities.


Funding will be awarded under the following priorities:

Who can apply?

Voluntary, community organisations and registered charities, including local residents groups, social enterprises and Parish Councils (for projects outside of their statutory obligations) can apply.  PTAs and Friends groups associated with statutory organisations such as schools can apply for items which are not classed as a statutory responsibility.  We also welcome applications from newly established groups and require as a minimum a governing document which sets out the aims and objectives of the group and a core group of 3 individuals who can act as the management committee.

How much is available?

Grants of up to £10,000 will be available (more may be available in exceptional circumstances)

The closing date is Friday 7th October 2016.

Please download and read full criteria here before applying

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