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What We Fund (2)


Please read through all sections as your project may be included under more than one heading.

We make grants towards running costs, volunteers' out-of-pocket expenses, one-off projects, equipment and salaries. Preference is given to organisations seeking funding for projects which fall within the Foundation’s target areas for giving which are:

And, in Merseyside only:            


Trustees will continue to review the Foundation’s grant making policy at regular intervals.

Local community groups
Local community groups/projects in disadvantaged areas run by and for local people, including support and self-help groups, tenants'/residents' associations, local initiatives to improve the environment and community action. Where there are unmet needs in the community we would support fresh approaches and new ideas for tackling them. We also encourage networking with groups doing similar work either locally or in other regions. You can find out more about the approach to community development that JMF likes to support by reading the 'Community Development Document' in the download area of this site.

Black and Minority Ethnic Organisations
Projects run by and for people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, including travellers and migrant workers, especially those which work towards redressing the disadvantage faced by such groups. We also support non-BAME community groups who are developing and implementing culturally sensitive policies, and cross-community trust-building initiatives.

Projects offering emergency support to incoming refugees (including legal advice) and helping their integration into community life by actively working with settled communities. Support might include basic education, literacy, training, health and general social welfare. Schemes that target excluded people within the refugee community and initiatives that enable them to meet their own needs are also supported.

Women including girls
Projects which work towards redressing the disadvantages faced by women in society, including women's health and support groups, victims of abuse and/or violence, literacy and second chance learning.

Children and young people
Local groups running projects in disadvantaged children, which provide facilities or opportunities for children and young people aged between 5 and 25. Projects should include an underpinning, long-term personal and inter-personal development programme that raises aspirations and increases awareness of problems, such as discrimination and violence. Outside the Liverpool local authority area, small grants may also be available for mainly volunteer-run school holiday activities. In all cases we would particularly encourage projects which are, or which are working towards being, user-led.

Family support
Projects giving support to families. This could include parenting skills, mutual support/self help, families in crisis and childcare. After school clubs, playgroups etc, would only be funded where there is a family support focus.

Second chance learning
Projects run by non-statutory organisations which enable adults who have little or no education to return to learning. Grants may be given to organisations towards the cost of courses (including tutors), childcare, advice and information services etc.

Homeless people
Projects to provide services for homeless people or to furnish accommodation including: provision of emergency food, shelter and clothing; support, advice and advocacy; and training and second chance learning.

Advice and information to alleviate poverty
Projects providing welfare rights, or other advice and information services, to alleviate poverty or mitigate debt. Groups would be encouraged to hold or to be working towards a nationally-recognised quality standard in advice-giving.

Grassroot social health initiatives
Projects run by local non-statutory organisations which aim to improve people's physical and/or mental health. Priority will be given to projects in disadvantaged areas where health problems arise from social and environmental factors and which work with vulnerable groups. Issues might include stress, HIV/AIDS, self-harm, substance misuse etc.

Training for voluntary organisations
Training for voluntary and community organisations to enhance the skills particularly of management committee members, but also of staff in mainly volunteer run organisations, to enable them to operate more effectively and improve the quality of the service they offer. Funding is also available for the recruitment and training of volunteers.

Joint working and trust building initiatives
Projects which aim to break down barriers, to encourage co-operation and joint working between different community and voluntary groups and across local boundaries.  
Grants may be given for work involving local trust-building initiatives where there may be tensions or misunderstandings within or between communities.

Equality and Diversity
Services and activities which aim to counter prejudice and discrimination of any kind against disadvantaged groups, e.g. on grounds of disability, race, religion, sex, sexuality or gender identity.  Projects would be expected to be substantially led by people from the discriminated groups concerned.

Projects which benefit carers by the provision of support services, advice, information or non-medical respite care.

NOTE: Unsolicited applications that fall outside our policy criteria are not considered



What we make grants towards

  • Running costs
  • Salaries
  • Capacity building
  • Volunteer training and out-of-pocket expenses
  • One-off projects
  • Equipment (if part of a wider project)

No grants are made to individuals, nor are grants made for capital building projects or for work that clearly falls under statutory responsibility. Please see below for a complete list of our exclusions.

The size of grant varies, but we prefer to give smaller grants to a larger number of projects.

Applications may be refused where we feel that the organisation concerned is already well funded or has large reserves.

See our website ( for examples of recent funding.

If your group is not a registered charity, you may apply for funding as long as the work you do is charitable in law. The group must:

  • produce annual accounts (if over one year old)
  • have a written set of rules
  • have a bank account in the name of the group, which requires at least two unrelated signatories.

The types of organisations / projects that we like to support

Those that are:

  • trying to build and strengthen communities
  • working in partnership with others
  • carrying out trust building initiatives
  • addressing previously unmet needs
  • providing advice and support
  • trying to change attitudes and broaden horizons

Who we would like the organisation/project to support

  • Those suffering from poverty and financial crisis
  • Those in poor physical or mental health
  • Black, Asian and minority ethnic people
  • Refugees
  • Women including girls
  • Children and young people aged 5 to 25
  • Those suffering discrimination
  • Families needing support
  • Homeless people
  • Carers
  • Adults with few or no educational qualifications

Examples of grants awarded in Merseyside in 2017-2018
•    £7,800 over 2 years for CAB drop-in sessions.  
•    £15,000 over 3 years for the delivery of welfare rights advice and support.
•    £5,000 for training and support for Gypsy Travellers to undertake research into needs of their communities in Halton.
•    £2,500 for running costs, interpreters and office equipment.
•    £2,400 for the Somali Parent and School Partnership Initiative.
•    £12,000 for the salaries of a Youth Project & Centre Manager and a Session Leader.
•    £3,504 for a BSL training course.
•    £10,000 over 2 years for the salary of the Bereavement Assessment Co-ordinator.
•    £8,000 for the salary of a Community Development Worker.
•    £17,522 over 2 years for a Saturday club to support refugee and asylum-seeking women.

Examples of grants awarded in Northern Ireland in 2017-2018
•    £5,000 for running costs, sessional fees, volunteer expenses.
•    £2,650 to a Polish community centre for running costs.
•    £5,000 for counsellor and psychotherapist fees.
•    £4,486 over 2 years for volunteer recruitment, training and support.
•    £5,000 for volunteer recruitment and training.