Our Community Impact Fund helps voluntary sector organisations and registered charities do even more to build stronger communities across Liverpool and Merseyside.
The closing date for applications to this round of funding is 9am, 12 February 2021.
How does it work?
Eligible organisations can apply for grants of up to £3,000 for projects that meet one or more of our four main priority areas:
- Income stability
- Arts and culture
Applications will be assessed on the impact that the project will have on the lives of those who benefit.
Racial Equality Task Force
In this round of grants we are also looking to support local groups who can help the work of the Racial Equality Task Force, led by Tracey Gore.
The Task Force has agreed its 5 key priority themed areas that it will investigate:
- employment, skills and economy
- health and wellbeing
- crime and criminal justice
In partnership with the Task Force, we are looking to fund organisations that can engage with communities across the city to discuss the initial findings of the group in the area of education and to provide feedback from local people. The Task Force will provide groups with the initial findings and broad recommendations prior to the start of any engagement projects.
We appreciate that engagement during lockdown is difficult, so we will consider applications that use Zoom, Teams etc, or that use online surveys or other methods of connecting with people.
In the City Region, the Race Equality Team are also working on a range of issues centred on employment and so we would also welcome applications from the other boroughs from groups working with the BAME community and young people who would like to help the team at LCR with their engagement programme.
What you can apply for
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a real impact on communities and on organisations working in those communities. We recognise the vital work that voluntary and community organisations have been doing throughout the current crisis and the pressure on budgets as a result of lockdown. While many organisations have been able to adapt their services to support people during lockdown, we are aware that many have been unable to do so, owing to the nature of their service. These organisations in particular will have been hit hard as they have not been able to access funds from the various Covid Response grants available.
We want to try to support organisations to get back on track and will support general running costs; including staff costs, alterations to buildings to ensure Covid-secure environments and projects that help bring communities back together in a safe way.
Who can apply
Organisations wishing to apply must be registered charities, or have charitable aims as part of their governing document, and must be able to register with the Charity Commission if their income exceeds £5,000.
Community Interest Companies (CICs) can apply but please refer to the detailed guidance notes for more information about specific criteria for CICs.