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

Preference is given to organisations seeking funding for projects which fall within the Foundation’s target areas for giving which are:

running costs                                                                                  

capacity building                                                                           

volunteer training and out of pocket expenses                             

one-off projects                                                                             

equipment (if part of a wider project)                                           




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


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 What We Do Not Fund 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. 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

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

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.