Liverpool CVS Community Impact Fund: Now Open for Applications – Closing 24 February 2023

LCVS’s Community Impact Fund helps voluntary sector organisations and registered charities do even more to build stronger communities across Liverpool and Merseyside.

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:

  • Health
  • Education
  • Income stability
  • Arts and Culture

Applications will be assessed on the impact that the project will have on the lives of those who benefit. We’re looking for projects that help make a change for those most in need. For this round, we are particularly interested in funding projects that support people and communities to combat the problems caused by the current cost of living crisis.

How much can I apply for?

The maximum amount an organisation can apply for is £3,000.

What you can apply for

The current cost of living situation is having a real impact on communities and on organisations working in those communities. We recognise the vital work that voluntary and community organisations continue to do throughout the current crisis, and the resultant pressure on budgets.

LCVS want to try to support organisations to continue to deliver and, for this round of funding, will support general running costs; including staff costs.

Please note: applications requesting funding for the purchase of food for distribution in communities will not be prioritised, as funding for this is available elsewhere.

Important Information

LCVS only fund activities that can evidence the outcomes for those most in need in Liverpool and across Merseyside.

Based upon the high level of applications in previous years, they can only fund projects that align with our priority areas. Unfortunately, it’s for this reason that some good projects won’t be considered.

Please note: play schemes are not eligible for support from this fund.

Who can apply?

Organisations 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.

In addition, organisations must have:

  • At least two cheque signatories
  • An adopted Constitution or set of rules and have a bank account in the name of the organisation or group
  • Child/Vulnerable Adults Safeguarding Policy where applicable and evidence that staff and volunteers are DBS checked.

Community Interest Companies

A Community Interest Company is a specific legal model registered with both Companies House and the CIC Regulator. Community Interest Companies can apply for funding, as long as they satisfy the following criteria:

  • The CIC must have at least 3 directors and be able to demonstrate how they have engaged with local people to identify the need.
  • The application is to fund charitable activity*

*Charitable activity means activity that supports a charitable purpose, as defined by the Charity Commission, and that meets the public benefit requirement as detailed in the Charities Act 2011.

For more information, please click here to visit the LCVS website.

The closing date for applications to this round of funding is 5 pm on 24 February 2023.