Police Commissioner invites ‘imaginative’ bids to keep young people safe over autumn half term

 Merseyside’s Police Commissioner is inviting community groups to submit ‘imaginative’ bids for projects which will divert young people away from crime and anti-social behaviour during the autumn half-term, essential work in spite of the challenges posed by Covid-19.

Jane Kennedy has announced that she is releasing a new round of funding from the Police Property Act Fund (PPA), which allows money raised from the sale of unclaimed stolen goods or property recovered by the police to be used for good causes.

It is the eleventh time the Commissioner has invited community organisations, charities and groups to apply for grants of up to £5,000 for grassroots initiatives which are working to help young people to make the right choices.

BBC Children In Need & Youth Futures Foundation – The Inspiring Futures programme (closing 11:30am, Friday 31 July 2020)

BBC Children in Need and Youth Futures Foundation are partnering to deliver Inspiring Futures, a £6 million programme to fund positive activities which support children and young people to achieve their potential on their journey towards employment.

There are concerns that the impact of lockdown and prolonged social distancing post-lockdown will have a particularly detrimental effect on those who are already struggling to gain employment, and it will also reduce the opportunity for others to learn the skills and gain experiences that would help them gain employment when they are older.

The ambition behind this fund is to transform young lives by unlocking potential and addressing the root causes of youth unemployment.

Eligible organisations can apply for between £10,000 and £80,000 for work commencing in October 2020.

Funding will be for project and organisational costs, including planning and development for the future, and will support:

  • Between 12 and 18 months of delivery
  • Working with children and young people aged:
    10 to 24 in England
    10 to 18 In Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Apply to Inspiring Futures via the BBC Children in Need website

Tenth round of funding sees Ørsted’s Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund pass £1million milestone

  • Ørsted fund has now paid out £1.1million to local community projects
  • A total of 126 projects have now been awarded funding

Ten organisations around Liverpool Bay are celebrating the news that they have been awarded grants as part of the milestone tenth round of funding from Ørsted’s Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund.

The latest awards take the total number of projects supported to 126, with total funds awarded now standing at over £1.1million since the Fund launched in May 2015.

The tenth round of funding marks a major anniversary in the life of the Fund which is now five years old. The awards coincided with Ørsted announcing temporary changes to the funding criteria in response to the current global Covid-19 emergency. For the next two funding rounds, applications are being encouraged to support communities through the crisis and road to recovery.

Sefton organisations who have been awarded grants are: 

  • Brunswick Youth and Community Centre, Bootle – £11,200
  • Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens – £2,500
  • Pinto Community Art CIC, Community Art Group Workshops, Bootle – £2,010
  • The Gateway Collective, North Park Community Garden, Bootle – £11,475

LCR Pride Foundation Community Fund (closing Monday 3rd August 2020)

LCR Pride Foundation has opened applications to a £20,000 fund, for projects that support the LGBT+ community in the Liverpool City Region.

The first tranche of funding, supported by Barclays, comes from reserves initially allocated to deliver the city region’s Pride weekend celebrations. The funding is available as part of three separate pots, a General Fund, Film Fund and an Inclusive Physical Activity and Sport Fund.

All funds in this first round will close to applications at Midnight on the 3rd August 2020.

Liverpool City Region ESF ‘Re-connect’ Community Grants (closing 12noon, Wednesday 29th July 2020)

The ESF Community Grant Programme is already helping many people in the Liverpool City Region who face additional barriers in the workplace to improve their employability and gain employment. Whilst the formal bidding rounds are currently closed, the Programme is launching a targeted Grant Programme in response to COVID 19.

This round is called Re-connect and seeks applications from a wide range of voluntary organisations who are ready to reach out by using approaches which tackle the new and emerging barriers arising from the impact of COVID 19.

Small grants of up to £20,000 are available across the Liverpool City Region to eligible organisations in the VCSE sector.

Projects should look to develop and maintain participant connections to learning experiences. Project activity should support, maintain and improve participant employability and resilience.
All project activity must be within the current government COVID restrictions, but should include flexibility to adapt as and when those restrictions change in future months.

Funded activities will target those aged 19 and over, from the hardest to reach communities.The funding can help ALL who are out of work or economically inactive but especially those that:

•    Have disabilities, learning difficulties or health conditions
•    Are from ethnic minorities
•    Are aged over 50
•    Are lone parents

All eligible participants must live in the Liverpool City Region.

The deadline for applications is NOON, Wednesday 29th July 2020.

Click here to find out if you are eligible and to apply.

For any queries please email email ESFgrantslcr@wea.org.uk.

COVID-19 Funding – VINCI UK Foundation announce €400k fund to help UK Charities

Following the message from VINCI announcing an extraordinary €10m of funds made available to help charities in the fight against COVID-19. We are extremely pleased to announce that €400k of these funds have been allocated to the VINCI UK Foundation.

We are therefore actively looking to make this fund work quickly to support charities assisting in the fight against COVID-19.

PH Holt Foundation – COVID-19 Emergency Funding Now Open

We welcome applications from small and medium sized Merseyside charities operating in any Merseyside borough. Our funding can provide help as you deliver new programmes to reach people affected by the pandemic, or help keep your vital charity services running

National Lottery Heritage COVID-19 Emergency Fund Announced

National Lottery Heritage Fund is making £50million available for a Heritage Emergency Fund to support the UK heritage sector as an immediate response to the COVID-19 crisis.

They will be investing the £50m where it is needed most, by providing short-term funding for organisations delivering heritage projects or running previously funded projects, and safeguarding heritage sites they have previously invested in to ensure they are not lost to the public.

MSE – The Coronavirus Charity Help Fund (Closing Wednesday 25th March 2020)

The Coronavirus Charity Help Fund has been set up by Martin Lewis to help those affected by the coronavirus. Small or local charities are able to apply to receive a grant of £5-20K for specific coronavirus poverty relief projects. As a guide – they consider small charities to be those with a turnover of £10 million or less. Though they will consider applications from subsidiaries of larger parent charities.

They’re especially interested in projects that directly help people affected by the effects of the virus, such as by giving access to food, toiletries, basic necessities, as well as community projects to help people in isolation.

They are looking for projects that can help people now, so will welcome applications for existing projects that could be scaled up with extra money or projects that are in the process of being set up.

Speed is of the essence so they encourage you to highlight your project’s objectives and outcomes concisely – consider using bullet points rather than lengthy answers. Data will only be used for the purpose of giving grants.

Click here to apply for the fund

Click here for more information and the full blog from Martin Lewis

£165,000 Waste Prevention Fund for Liverpool City Region Community Groups – Closing 15th March 2020

A share of £165,000 is up for grabs to help make the Liverpool City region a cleaner and greener place.

The funding has been made available for community and voluntary groups, schools and not-for-profit organisations, who can reduce household waste, encourage recycling and resource re-use and prevent carbon emissions. The projects will also have to demonstrate wider positive impacts on the environment, health and education.

The money is coming from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund 2020/21, which has been running annually since 2006.

Successful applicants can be awarded up to £30,000 for schemes which operate across all six districts in Merseyside and Halton, and between £1000 and £8,000 for projects which work solely at one local authority level.

Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA), Councillor Tony Concepcion, said: “We know that there are a lot of communities concerned about climate change and sustainable living. Giving groups the opportunity to get involved in looking after their environment can only bring benefits to all and can help us appreciate items as valuable resources rather than something which otherwise might be just thrown away.

“We’ve seen that previous projects have continued to deliver benefits beyond the first year, through their legacy and ongoing impact on behavioural change, and in many cases through new or continuing activities. We’re excited to see what projects come in.”

The impact of the 2018/19 Fund saw 12 projects divert 673 tonnes of material from disposal, 26,643 people directly engaged, participation by 50,533 volunteers, and a 1419 tonne reduction in CO2 equivalent emissions.

Bids must tackle one or more of the four priority household waste materials which have been identified by MRWA as key, namely Food, Plastics, Textiles and Furniture. An analysis of waste in the region highlighted that a greater amount of these materials could be re-used or recycled. Projects can also include other household waste materials, for example paper, card, metals.

Previous Community Fund projects have included local recycling guidebooks, cookery clubs to improve people’s diet and reduce food waste, restoring old furniture to sell for charity and refurbishing unwanted rugs for resale.

One organisation to benefit from the Community Fund is Kirkby-based charity Centre 63 who last year received £8000 for the ‘Remake Yourself Hub’. This project received donations of unwanted furniture from the local community which was then refurbished and donated to young people, who have experienced homelessness and are starting out in their tenancies for the first time. Reuse, Repair and Upcycling workshops have been delivered to help give young people in Kirkby the skills needed to upcycle unwanted furniture.

Cheryl Roach, Centre 63 Business Development Manager, said: “The funding was crucial in allowing us to run the Remake Yourself Hub and has ensured that the young people taking part have the knowledge and skills to refurbish and repair rather than having to buy new.”

Interested groups can download the application form from the MRWA website www.merseysidewda.gov.uk. The deadline for submissions is 11.59pm on Sunday 15th March. If groups aren’t sure whether their project is appropriate for consideration then they can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) via email to MRWA by Monday 2nd March. However, an EOI isn’t mandatory.

Successful projects should receive the funding in May 2020 and will have ten months to deliver their schemes.

Organisations interested in this year’s Community Fund can:

– Download the application form and guidance document at https://www.merseysidewda.gov.uk/waste-strategy/community-fund/2021-2/

– Contact the Authority: communityfund.2020-2021@merseysidewda.gov.uk  / Tel: 0151 255 1444

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS: Sunday 15th March 2020, 11.59pm.

Merseyside Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) funding for sports organisations (deadline: 10am, Monday 18th November)

The newly formed Merseyside Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) is currently considering bids for early intervention projects tackling violent crime. It has been recognised that the sports sector will play a vital role in implementing interventions to prevent young people from becoming involved in, or a victim of, crime.Merseyside Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) funding for sports organisations (deadline: 10am, Monday 18th November)

Liverpool City Region: ESF Community Grants 2019 – 2021

ESF Community Grant

A £2.7 million programme to tackle unemployment has been launched in April 2019 with backing from the European Social Fund.

The funds have been granted by the government’s Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) in partnership with Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership to the Worker’s Educational Association (WEA), an adult education charity which provides training and learning opportunities for people at risk of exclusion.

Over the next two years, the charity will help thousands of people who face additional barriers in the workplace, such as lone parents, improve their employability and gain permanent employment.

The WEA will distribute small grants of £20,000 across Merseyside and Halton to eligible organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector between April 2019 and May 2021.

Funded activities will target those aged 19 and over, from the hardest to reach communities. The funding can help all who are out of work but especially those with:

  • disabilities and long term health conditions
  • single parents
  • women
  • people from ethnic minorities
  • people over 50
  • those planning to return to the workplace after a long period of absence

Round 1 of ESF Community Grants will open on Wednesday 24th April 2019 – please check back here on this date for further information and how to apply.

For information on application scoring criteria and decision making please click here.

For any other queries please call the ESF Grants Team on 0151 243 5356 or email ESFgrantslcr@wea.org.uk.

 

Sefton’s Social Investment Survey for local groups & organisations (closing Friday 30th November)

Sefton CVS, working in partnership with Sefton Council to explore the potential for social investment to finance solutions that address the challenges facing Sefton’s communities.

This survey is for Sefton’s VCFSE Sector to help us understand the current levels of local knowledge about social investment and the interest in finding out more about it. It should take no more than 5 minutes to complete.

If you experience any problems whilst trying to complete the survey, please email communications@seftoncvs.org.uk or call 0151 920 0726. 

Grants to Help Reduce Social Isolation

Local groups have been given a boost now that wellbeing organisation Living Well Sefton has launched the fifth round of the Community Resilience Grant.

Community groups and community-minded individuals are being encouraged to apply for funding for projects designed to get more people out of their houses and linking in with their communities.

Michael Swift, who runs Southport’s Stepping Stones social group for those with health conditions, was successful in securing funding from a previous round and said: “We wouldn’t have been able to do the drama without the funding and it has helped give people confidence and bring them closer together.”

Karen Nolan, co-ordinator of Living Well Sefton, explained: “The focus of our latest funding is about helping people get out and about so they feel less lonely. So we want to hear from community groups that have ideas on how to make this happen.”

The Community Resilience Grant has supported local communities with a range of projects from enhancing wellbeing through gardening or craft workshops to providing cooking classes that improve healthy eating.

There are grants of up to £2,000 for organisations and £500 to individuals, who are supported by a organisational partner. Grants are subject to specific criteria being met and will be approved by a judging panel. The deadline for applications is Friday, November 30.

Anyone interested in applying can complete the application form on the Living Well Sefton website where there are guidance notes on how to complete the form as well as the criteria for applying – www.livingwellsefton.org.uk

Paper versions of the application form can also be downloaded from the website.

Call the team direct on 0300 323 0181 or email LWS@seftoncvs.org.uk for further details.

The 23 Foundation fund is now open – Closing 10th September

Background Information: Jamie Carragher, Liverpool FC’s number 23 set up the 23 Foundation with the Community Foundation for Merseyside at the beginning of 2009 with the proceeds from his charitable Testimonial match and matched funds secured from the Government.

What is the focus of the fund: The 23 Foundation seeks to support groups in Sefton and Liverpool that are helping disadvantaged people in need and those suffering from hardship.

How much is available: The maximum grant available is £2500

Who can apply: Voluntary or community groups with a constitution or set of rules in the group’s name, which includes CICs and Social Enterprises and individuals.

Which areas are covered: Groups working in disadvantaged areas of Sefton and Liverpool.

Examples of the sorts of projects that may be funded

  • Groups working with homeless people
  • Foodbanks
  • Self-help groups
  • Projects that help people back into employment
  • Projects to reduce social isolation for vulnerable groups
  • Debt advice sessions
  • Domestic violence projects
  • Projects that help people overcome drug and alcohol problems


The closing date is Monday 10 September 2018

For more information Click here

To apply visit; http://www.cfmerseyside.org.uk/funds/23-foundation

The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund will reopen on 26th June 2018 closing 31st July

The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund will reopen on 26th June 2018 at 10am and close on 31st July at midnight.

The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund aims to give community groups in England the support to start setting up their community business. Groups accepted onto the programme will receive one to one business development support and be invited to apply for a small grant to fund development and start-up costs, such as feasibility studies, legal and other fees connected with developing governance, taking ownership of a building or other asset, community engagement, business planning and more.

The programme is run by Locality and offers:

  • Specialist support with creating a development plan for your community business
  • Mentoring and visits to inspire you and enable you to learn from peers
  • Regional networking and events to learn from experts in the field
  • The opportunity to apply for a grant of up to £15,000

Interested community groups can already read the guidance and register for the ‘Is Bright Ideas right for you?’ webinar on 18 June.

PCC urges Community Groups to Work Together to Prevent Crime

Organisations which are working to prevent crime and protect communities in Merseyside are being invited to apply for a share of a fund aimed at helping to build stronger, safer communities.

This is the fourth year that Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy has opened the Crime Prevention Fund, which is used to help charities, community groups and social enterprises stop problems before they occur, by reducing the opportunities for crime and by deterring people away from becoming involved in anti-social and criminal behaviour.

A total of £135,000 is available from the fund for innovative community safety projects or schemes that will run over the next 12 months. This year the Commissioner is encouraging organisations to work together to submit bids for between £5,000 and £25,000 from the grant and she is specifically inviting applications for projects which focus on tackling serious and organised crime.

Jane said: “Serious and organised crime is, for many people, their greatest concern. It blights our communities, bringing misery and harm and causing decent, ordinary people to live in fear.

“Many organisations and community groups are already working with Merseyside Police and my office in tackling this issue, and I want to encourage and maximise this collaborative approach by encouraging organisations to join forces to bid for funding from the Crime Prevention Fund.

“Local people understand their communities better than anyone and know what will work best to improve their area.  We are fortunate to have a wealth of voluntary and community groups which are working hard to prevent people, especially young people from getting involved in crime. By pooling resources and working even closer together we can all do more to make a difference for communities across Merseyside.

“I’ve met hundreds of people across Merseyside who are really proud and passionate about the places they live in and are committed to keeping them safe and I’m excited to see their proposals for how this funding can be best spent.”

Last year, 13 grassroots organisations were chosen from among more than 70 applications to receive a share of the Fund to help make communities across Merseyside safer. Successful organisations included the Royal Court Trust, which was awarded £25,000 to continue to run the hard-hitting drama Terriers, and the educational charity Ariel Trust who received £15,000 to deliver preventative education to young people on a range of issues, including domestic and homophobic abuse, child sexual exploitation and grooming.

A £10,000 grant was also given to Breckfield and North Everton Neighbourhood Council (BNEC) to help them deliver their Making Waves project which delivers both outreach and centre-based services for young people living in areas of high deprivation to divert them away from crime.

Jane said: “Over the last year, this funding has helped to deliver some really important projects which have made a profound difference in the lives of the people they support. Even a small cash boost can be of huge benefit to many of these grassroots projects and I look forward to seeing what more we can deliver together over the next 12 months.

Any organisation wishing to apply for funding will need to show how their project works to tackle one of the following four priorities set out by the Commissioner; preventing crime and anti-social behaviour; tackling serious and organised crime; supporting victims, protecting vulnerable people and maintaining public safety; or improving road safety.

Applications will also need to show how the initiatives will deter individuals from committing crime, reduce the number of people entering the criminal justice system, or lower reoffending. They will also be assessed to see how well they will protect vulnerable communities.

The fund will be administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside (CFM), an independent charity which assists grant-making and charitable giving. Local groups who would benefit from the funding can find more details on its website here http://www.cfmerseyside.org.uk//funds/crime-prevention-fund

CFM is also available to help any organisation looking to make a bid.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 11th June 2018.

Project MINIBUS Crowdfunding Appeal – Help support Sefton Sea Cadets to raise funds for a new minibus

Sefton Sea Cadets is based in Litherland, Merseyside and is a uniformed Youth Organisation and Charity based on the traditions and ethos of the Royal Navy and other maritime services.

Sefton Sea Cadets provide valuable developmental experiences through nautical adventure and fun; which in turn helps our young people become better citizens for the Community and develops their CV and potential too. The group are a diverse organisation that has members who are “looked after”, disadvantaged and underprivileged.

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Litherland is in the South of Sefton, and Sefton Sea Cadets rely heavily on our Unit transport, especially when the group need to access wider events within the National, Area or District Sea Cadet organisation. A minibus would allow Sefton Sea Cadets to ensure that the group can meet such demand and allow young people the opportunity to get involved with such events and training.

Sefton Sea Cadets currently have a minibus, which is now 14 years old and in the recent years has cost us more to fix and maintain than ever before. Including two breakdowns and recoveries for the minibus, which had a detrimental effect on the participation of the cadets training. Unfortunately, the recent MOT failure will have a detrimental effect on how Sefton Sea Cadets can continue to provide the Cadet experience.
The group have teamed with Sefton 4 Good and hope to raise funds towards the £7500 target to purchase a brand new minibus, and are encouraging local poeple, businesses and organisations to donate whatever they can to help support this valuable cause.

The £115,000 Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund for 2018/19 has launched! Deadline 28th February 2018

The funding has been made available for Merseyside and Halton community and voluntary groups, schools, faith groups and not-for-profit organisations, who can reduce household waste, encourage recycling and resource re-use and prevent carbon emissions.

The projects will also have to demonstrate wider positive impacts on the environment, health and education.

Successful applicants can be awarded up to £25,000 for schemes which operate across all six districts in Merseyside and Halton, and £8,000 for projects which work solely at one local authority level.

What are we looking for?

Previous Community Fund projects have included:

– creating a sensory learning garden from re-used materials in St Helens
– the development of a shop in Wirral to sell used clothes
– the repair and re-use of unused furniture for redistribution to the local community in Halton
– cookery skills clubs to help reduce food waste across Merseyside and Halton
– sewing classes in Knowsley
– timber waste re-use at a local community farm in Liverpool
– improving online retail skills for a charity shop in Sefton

This year bids must tackle one or more of the four priority household waste materials which have been identified by MRWA as key, namely Food, Plastics, Textiles and Furniture. An analysis of waste in Merseyside and Halton in 2016 highlighted that a greater amount of these materials could be re-used or recycled. Projects can also include other household waste materials, for example paper, card, metals.

What should I do next?

Interested groups should complete and submit an Expression of Interest with MRWA.

If applicants are shortlisted then they will be asked to fill in a more detailed Community Fund entry.

Projects will have ten months to deliver their schemes and will be expected to get started by June 2018.

Organisations interested in this year’s Community Fund can:

– Download the Stage 1 Expression of Interest Form (pdf)
– Download the Stage 1 Expression of Interest Form (Word)
– Download the Guidance (pdf)
– Download the Terms and Conditions (pdf)

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF EXPRESSION OF INTEREST: 28th February 2018

Contact the Authority by:

Email: communityfund2018-19@merseysidewda.gov.uk
Telephone: 0151 255 1444

Volunteering 4 Good Grants – Donate Now to support Sefton’s Year Of The Volunteer 2018

As part of the Year of the Volunteer 2018 campaign, Sefton Council and Sefton CVS have teamed up with Sefton 4 Good to launch a special grant initiative specifically aimed at groups and organisations who work with volunteers.

Following on from the huge success of the Year of the Coast, the tireless work of Sefton’s thousands of volunteers will be celebrated in a yearlong campaign to raise awareness of how much volunteers do for the borough.

Sefton 4 Good have launched an online crowdfunding appeal to raise funds for a dedicated grants initiative called Volunteering 4 Good. The initiative has been given a kickstart from Sefton 4 Good funds and Sefton MBC’s Transition Fund, and the more money we raise through crowdfunding means that more groups and organisations will benefit for this year-long initiative.

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The Volunteering 4 Good grants will be open to groups later this year with the aim of developing local volunteer-involving projects, and we hope to raise funds to increase the amount of money available to Sefton groups.

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To donate to the Volunteering 4 Good crowdfunding initiative, please visit www.sefton4good.org.uk/donate and for more information please call 0151 920 0726 or email info@sefton4good.org.uk  

Alchemy Crosby needs your vote for a chance to bag £4000!

Alchemy Crosby, Youth & Community Centre is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative!

This cash award will allow Alchemy to bring the whole community together to celebrate 50 years as a youth centre. The centre now host’s a number of different community groups. This has lead to the renaming of Crosby Youth Centre to ‘Alchemy Crosby, Youth and Community Centre’. We will not only be celebrating the last 50 years but also looking ahead to the future as a Youth and Community Centre. The celebration events will take place in 2018

Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout September and October. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

The following stores will be taking part in the project:

  • LITHERLAND, Superstore, L21 8NZ
  • CROSBY RD LPOOL EXP, Express, L22 4QH
  • LIVERPOOL OLD ROAN EXP, Express, L10 2JA
  • CROSBY CORONATION RD EXP, Express, L23 5RQ
  • THORNTON EXP,  Express, L23 4TE

For more information about the Tesco Bags for Help initiative Click Here!

https://www.facebook.com/AlchemyYouth/

SAFE and the Green Dream Project need your vote!

The Green Dream Solar Scheme have been shortlisted for the M&S Energy + crowdfunder.co.uk renewable energy campaign and Voting is now open.

They aim to transform neighbourhoods by bringing an empty pub- back to life, creating a canal side community eatery/hotel/business hub.

This “community” hub will act as a venue for creative & cultural activity, promoting healthier communities, a place to live, work, create!

The Solar panels will enable them to reduce emissions which will help the environment and conserve energy. It will also help reduce energy bills, with the money saved invested into local community projects.

To vote for our Green Dream Solar Scheme. Click the link and then click on the orange tab saying Vote for project to win.

www.mandsenergyfund.com/projects/the-green-dream-solar-scheme

£15 million Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund – Closing 30th November 2017 (11 LEP Regions of the North of England)

Towns and cities across Northern England are able to bid for a share of a new fund that aims to boost the region’s technology, creative and cultural industries.

The UK Government’s Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund aims to help build a lasting regional legacy from the Great Exhibition of the North planned for Summer 2018. Grants of up to £4 million in each of three financial years (2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21) will be available to eligible Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in the 11 Northern Regions of England i.e:

  • Cheshire and Warrington
  • Cumbria
  • Greater Manchester
  • Humber
  • Lancashire
  • Leeds City Region
  • Liverpool City Region
  • North East
  • Sheffield City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • York
  • North Yorkshire
  • East Riding.

The funding will support capital expenditure on major culture and tech projects like, for example, opening a new tech start-up centre or renovating live music venues. LEPs are each invited to submit one bid for up to £4million to the Fund. Applications should be for a single capital project that fits within the overall priorities for the Fund and evidences the need for the project and the rationale for intervention in the local area. All projects supported will be expected to increase opportunities for people to experience, benefit from and contribute to culture and creativity.

The deadline for LEP bids is 30th November 2017.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/15-million-northern-cultural-regeneration-fund-to-boost-regions-tech-creative-and-cultural-industries

Merseyside PCC releases £45,000 to help young people make right choices

Community groups which work to divert young people away from crime and anti-social behaviour are being given the chance to bid for grants for projects running during the autumn half-term, thanks to Merseyside’s Police Commissioner.

Jane Kennedy has confirmed that she is once again releasing a round of funding from the Police Property Act Fund (PPA), which allows money raised from the sale of unclaimed stolen goods or property recovered by the police to be used for good causes.

It is the eighth time the Commissioner has invited community organisations, charities and groups to apply for a vital cash boost of up to £5,000 grants for grassroots initiatives which are working to help young people to make the right choices. A total of £45,000 is available from the fund for one-off grants for organisations which are committed to improving community safety, reducing crime or supporting victims.

Jane has already awarded nearly £288,000 through the PPA to organisations that are making a difference in their communities. Since July 2015, the fund has been used to concentrate on youth engagement initiatives.

The Commissioner said: “I am pleased to once again open up the Police Property Act Fund for bids of up to £5,000 to organisations which are working to make their communities safer and better places to live by engaging with young people.

“Many communities across Merseyside traditionally see a rise in criminal and anti-social behaviour during the autumn half-term, particularly around Bonfire and Mischief Night. Historically, it is also a particularly busy time for the police and the fire service. Through these grants, I want to help alleviate these issues and prevent local young people from making mistakes they may regret in the future.

“Once a young person gets a criminal record it can blight their future prospects. If we can prevent them from making mistakes at a young age we can look forward to their positive contribution to their neighbourhoods.

“I want to see these grants used to support projects that complement the excellent diversionary work carried out by Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, ensuring that young people can enjoy the autumn festivities in a safe and enjoyable way which is properly supervised.”

Last year, more than 12,000 young people were able to join organised activities run through 22 different initiatives funded through the PPA over the Halloween and Bonfire Night celebrations.

Jane added: “Local people know their communities best. They know what works when engaging with their young people and I am looking forward to reviewing their ideas and initiatives for ensuring everyone can have a safe and fun Halloween.”

The PPA fund is administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside, (CFM) on behalf of the Commissioner. CFM holds funds from individuals and organisations as donors who wish to support deserving causes in Merseyside.”

All applications must be submitted online via the Community Foundation for Merseyside by 5pm on Monday 21st August. Please visit their website http://www.cfmerseyside.org.uk/funds/police-property-act-fund to apply.

PCC releases £45,000 to help young people make right choices

Community groups which work to divert young people away from crime and anti-social behaviour are being given the chance to bid for grants for projects running during the autumn half-term, thanks to Merseyside’s Police Commissioner.

Jane Kennedy has confirmed that she is once again releasing a round of funding from the Police Property Act Fund (PPA), which allows money raised from the sale of unclaimed stolen goods or property recovered by the police to be used for good causes.

It is the eighth time the Commissioner has invited community organisations, charities and groups to apply for a vital cash boost of up to £5,000 grants for grassroots initiatives which are working to help young people to make the right choices. A total of £45,000 is available from the fund for one-off grants for organisations which are committed to improving community safety, reducing crime or supporting victims.

Jane has already awarded nearly £288,000 through the PPA to organisations that are making a difference in their communities. Since July 2015, the fund has been used to concentrate on youth engagement initiatives.

The Commissioner said: “I am pleased to once again open up the Police Property Act Fund for bids of up to £5,000 to organisations which are working to make their communities safer and better places to live by engaging with young people.

“Many communities across Merseyside traditionally see a rise in criminal and anti-social behaviour during the autumn half-term, particularly around Bonfire and Mischief Night. Historically, it is also a particularly busy time for the police and the fire service. Through these grants, I want to help alleviate these issues and prevent local young people from making mistakes they may regret in the future.

“Once a young person gets a criminal record it can blight their future prospects. If we can prevent them from making mistakes at a young age we can look forward to their positive contribution to their neighbourhoods.

“I want to see these grants used to support projects that complement the excellent diversionary work carried out by Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, ensuring that young people can enjoy the autumn festivities in a safe and enjoyable way which is properly supervised.”

Last year, more than 12,000 young people were able to join organised activities run through 22 different initiatives funded through the PPA over the Halloween and Bonfire Night celebrations.

Jane added: “Local people know their communities best. They know what works when engaging with their young people and I am looking forward to reviewing their ideas and initiatives for ensuring everyone can have a safe and fun Halloween.”

The PPA fund is administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside, (CFM) on behalf of the Commissioner. CFM holds funds from individuals and organisations as donors who wish to support deserving causes in Merseyside.”

All applications must be submitted online via the Community Foundation for Merseyside by 5pm on Monday 21st August. Please visit their website http://www.cfmerseyside.org.uk/funds/police-property-act-fund to apply.

New funding available from People’s Health Trust for local groups in Merseyside

Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities an even better place to live are now invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.

People’s Health Trust has just launched Active Communities in St Helens, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral – a funding programme for local people wanting to create fairer places to grow, live, work and age.

Using money raised by HealthFit through The Health Lottery, People’s Health Trust is looking to invest in projects that support people living in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods or communities in St Helens, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral.

Active Communities is a funding programme for not-for-profit groups with an income of less than £350,000 a year, or an average of £350,000 over two years, seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years.

Projects could be almost anything that encourages strong connections between people, and that help people to make their communities or neighbourhoods even better places to grow, live, work and age.

We’re looking for small and local projects, genuinely designed and run by local people. By small, we mean just a small group of people on an estate, in a few streets or villages. We’re also looking for great ideas from communities of interest. By this we mean a group of people who have something in common and wish to come together to address something that is important to them. These ideas could be based in one neighbourhood, or cover a wider area.

PLEASE NOTE: Sefton CVS are supporting local groups to apply to the Active Communities Fund, so if you have questions or need some help or advice, please click here for more information

John Hume, Chief Executive, People’s Health Trust, says: “We’re looking to support ideas designed and run by local people which help create even stronger links and ties within communities. Whether it’s a women’s volunteering group run by and for Bengali women; a computer skills support group run for and by older people; support for local people to become community organisers; or young people living with mental ill-health wishing to address access to work issues or discrimination, we’re interested to hear about it.

“Applying couldn’t be easier – it’s about local people telling us what would make their local community an even better place grow, live, work and age.”

The closing date for applications is 1pm on Wednesday, 9 August 2017. To
apply for funding, visit www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk.

 

 

Donation from Jamie Carragher’s 23 Foundation to help boost Rice Lane Primary School’s facilities

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher was on hand to deliver a donation to a local primary school to help them transform a waste land into an outdoor learning facility.

The former Reds star, from Bootle, delivered a £798 cheque to Rice Lane Primary School, in Walton, after his official charity, the 23 Foundation, agreed to lend their support.

Staff at the school want to carry out a wide-scale refurbishment of an piece of land within the school grounds which has been used as a “dumping ground” and turn it into a space for children.

A spokesperson for the school said: “At our school, we have an outdoor quad area that is currently going to waste. It is used as a dumping ground and we felt that this could be a valuable space for reading, mindfulness and some outdoor learning opportunities.

“We set up an Enterprise Team to start raising money to go towards revamping this area. We put on some movie nights and charged children after school, made a few competitions in school and we put on a staff race night.

“We have recently put on an Enterprise Extravaganza. Each class had £10 start up money and had to make a profit. The children designed their advertising and stall and came up with their own money making idea.

“I heard about the 23 Foundation and got in touch. After numerous discussions, the foundation offered some match funding and to reach out to companies and businesses they have links with to try to further support us.

“We would like to thank Jamie, Les Wright and everybody else at the 23 Foundation for their huge support and ideas so far and hope that this is a lasting relationship for us.

“It isn’t always easy to raise money as we have so much going on in our school, so the support is valued and we know that revamping this area would not have been possible without their generosity.”

As well as the donation, the 23 Foundation also offered the class who raised the most money a trip to Jamie Carragher’s Soccer Schools for some football training.”

Sefton Council’s Invest Sefton funding helps local organisations

Council grants are helping firms in Sefton prosper, according to Sefton Council officials after they visited two businesses in the borough to hear all about their thriving ventures.

Both businesses have benefited from Invest Sefton funding, which has helped them to keep their businesses and staff in the borough.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, was joined by officers from Invest Sefton on guided tours of the Sefton Carers Centre, c based in Waterloo and Hybrid Technical Services Ltd, Aintree.

Sefton Carers Centre has been running for more than 21 years and through the company, they set up the  Learning Well Agency as a trading arm in 2015. and sell recycled paint throughout the borough.

Hybrid Technical Services Ltd was established in 2005 as a Training Provider.  They specialise in Electricity, Gas and Plumbing training and accreditation.

Cllr Marion Atkinson said: “It was really pleasing to hear directly the success these two local businesses are having and the positive impact they are having on the local economy.

“The InvestSefton and Sefton@Work teams work extremely hard to support a number of SMEs and it is fantastic to hear that this partnership work is having such a positive impact in developing the local economy and securing jobs for now and the future.

“The more I hear about success stories like these, it reinforces the message that we have an important role in making sure everyone knows that Sefton is open for business.”

CROWDFUNDING APPEAL: Let’s Help Feed Sefton’s Children Over The Summer Holidays

 

Many families are telling us that they find the school holidays particularly difficult because they rely on the Free Meals they are able to get during term time.

Sefton CVS is coordinating a network of community venues and local organisations that will be able to offer Children and Young People between the ages of 5 to 18 free meals during the Summer Holidays.

This service is open access and is available to all regardless of income throughout the school holidays.

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS OF SOUTH SEFTON SERVICES

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS OF SOUTHPORT SERVICES

Please note: Information is subject to change, and please call 0151 920 0726 for more information. 

CROWDFUNDING

Sefton 4 Good have launched a dedicated BT MyDonate page which we hope to use to crowdfund to support this initiative. Click here to donate

Individuals can also donate by phone by texting SEFT44 followed by the ammount (e.g. £5, £10, £20) to 70070. 

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Funds raised will help our local groups to provide food & drink supplies

Sefton CVS and Sefton 4 Good are encouraging local individuals, businesses and organisation to give what they can.

If any local business or individuals would like to donate food supplies, equipment  to support this initiative, please contact Sefton CVS on 0151 920 0726 or email communications@seftoncvs.org.uk.  

Volunteers Needed!

To support the initiative, Sefton CVS and the Volunteer Centre Sefton are appealing for volunteers to help our network of local organisations in providing free meals to Sefton’s schoolchildren.

Volunteers are needed to help cook and prepare meals and assist with activities at the various centres across the borough. The Volunteer Centre Sefton can also offer any training or support to volunteers as required.

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the short Expression of Interest form below, and please included contact details to receive more information. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SWACA NEED YOUR VOTE FOR A CHANCE TO RECEIVE A £25,000 DONATION!

Sefton Women’s & Children’s Aid (SWACA) have been selected to receive a MCF Community Award which offer the chance for local community charities that help people in need to receive a share of £3 million generously donated by Freemasons and their families.

To celebrate the 300th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England, Freemasons have selected 300 local charities across England and Wales to receive a MCF Community Award.

Every charity that has been chosen will receive a Community Award of between £4,000 and £25,000. Your vote will determine how much we give to each charity.

The more votes SWACA receive the larger the sum and greater the impact the donation can have! Voting is really simple, just head over to mcf.org.uk/vote – Click here!

  • Select Region of ‘West Lancashire’
  • Select ‘SWACA (Sefton Women’s & Children’s Aid)’

To submit your vote you just need to provide your name and email address. This information will remain confidential and you will be contact the outcome of the MCF Community Awards.

The vote will close on 31st July 2017.

For more information about the work of SWACA click here.