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.

 

Voluntary Sector Grants from Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS)

Where other departments have unwisely chosen to scrap grant programmes, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) have continued theirs and recently announced four new funds. They opened the funds on 11th May and the closing date for applications is 8th June. All applications must be submitted through Bravo Solutions, which is an online ‘sourcing portal’ that allows you to submit your bids to deliver the work.

All four grants are designed to encourage voluntary organisations ‘to pilot, develop and test to provide a proof of concept’ in different areas. In this round the funds are looking at violence amongst young black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people in prison as well as resettlement for BAME people back into the community, services for people with learning disabilities and autism, and better understanding the needs of people with Acquired Brain Injury or Traumatic Brain Injury.

More information on each fund can be found below.

  • £153,000 to develop a whole prison approach to working with young, violent offenders, particularly those from a BAME background – link to Contracts Finder
  • £70,000 to improve services for offenders with learning disabilities and autism, and to provide access to expert advice to support sentence planning to improve outcomes – link to Contracts Finder
  • £203,000 – understanding and meeting the needs of individuals with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in English and Welsh male prisons and Welsh approved premises – link to Contracts Finder
  • £99,000 – reintegration support package for integration into the community for BAME offenders leaving custody after a long term prison sentence – link to Contracts Finder

Clinks will advertise these opportunities to our members and beyond because we believe that voluntary organisations have the creativity to respond to the challenges we face in our prisons and in our community services. We will also continue to advocate that HMPPS continue to grant fund the voluntary sector, and will advise on future grant funding rounds.

Clinks remains a supporter of the Grants for Good campaign hosted by the Directory for Social Change, a coalition of charities which believe in the huge value of government grant-making to the voluntary sector and which aims to protect it.

If you have any questions about the grant funding please email MoJCommercialReset@justice.gsi.gov.uk

Living Well Sefton announce second round of community resilience grants (launching Thurs 4th May)

Living Well Sefton has announced it is launching the second round of its Community Resilience Grant to support local community groups and individuals in delivering health and wellbeing projects.

The grants have already benefited many communities when the first round of funding was distributed at the beginning of the year. Applications for the second round will be opened at a networking event in Waterside Lodge, Southport on Thursday, May 4 from 2pm.

As in the previous grant round, groups can apply to receive up to £2,500, with individuals being able to apply for smaller grants of up to £500 providing they are supported by a community partner.

A spokesperson for Living Well Sefton said: “Living Well Sefton expects the grants to be used on projects looking to actively engage local people in making positive changes to their health and wellbeing.

“Everyone is invited to come along to the networking and grant launch event to link in with other health and wellbeing providers, meet grant recipients, discuss the grant process with Anne-Marie Morrison, Living Well’s Community Resilience officer, and also discover more about Living Well Sefton.”

To book a place visit Eventbrite (www.eventbrite.co.uk).

Refreshments will be provided and booking early is recommended.

Trinity Trust Gifts over £200million to The Morgan Foundation

The Trinity Trust, a family trust set up by Steve Morgan CBE, has gifted over £200 million to The Morgan Foundation in a move which will benefit thousands of charities and community groups, particularly those helping children and families in desperate need.

The donation marks a new era – and a huge step change – for the charity, which was formed by Steve Morgan in 2001. Since that time it has committed £35 million to good causes in North Wales, Merseyside, West Cheshire, and North Shropshire, establishing itself as one of the biggest charities in the region. In addition, The Morgan Foundation has distributed 47 specially-adapted smiley buses.

The donation has been made in the form of 42 million shares to The Morgan Foundation, representing 11.36% of the issued share capital of Redrow PLC.

Jane Harris, Administrator of The Morgan Foundation, said “Steve’s incredible generosity will mean a huge and profound step-change for The Morgan Foundation.

“Our ethos is based on making a difference and this injection of over £200 million means we will be able to help thousands of more people in need.

“We can also ramp-up the donation of Smiley buses which have made such a positive impact to the disabled and socially isolated in our region.

“I’m also delighted to say we are actively planning some very exciting, and significant, capital projects and we’ll be announcing more details soon.”

Big Lottery Fund award £375,000 to boost Learning Rooms project

AN impressive £375,000 has been donated to Birkdale based learning difficulties project the Learning Rooms to help them provide education to those who need it.

The Learning Rooms is just one of 98 projects across the North West sharing £4,077,871 in the latest round of grant awards.

Staff at the Learning Rooms support young people with learning difficulties who are disadvantaged through their disability, suffering from mental health problems or have struggled in mainstream education.

A spokesperson for the Big Lottery Fund said: “This money will go towards their ‘Four Seasons’ project which will provide 150 people aged 14 and over with training, qualifications and work experience aimed at improving confidence, self-esteem and employment prospects, while reducing social isolation.

“Sessions will develop skills in catering, floristry, office skills, small animal care and hairdressing.

“We have also given £10,000 to the Sefton Migrant Workers Charity.

“The funding will be used to provide information and practical help for migrant workers and families to access employment including filling in forms, writing CVs and applying for jobs.

“The aim of the project is to help and support migrants who are searching for employment within their communities.

“Overall today’s funding will support a diverse range of projects that enable people to improve their skills, meet new people and strengthen their communities. All projects are listed below are aware they have been awarded funding.”

Sefton Council’s Heritage Lottery Funding (HLF) Townscape Heritage Grant outcome

Sefton Council has learnt that it has been unsuccessful in the current round of bids for Heritage Lottery Funding (HLF) of Townscape Heritage grants.

Bidding for a project in Southport was part of a two stage process: Sefton failed in a bid for a Stage 1 development grant of £67k which would have led to a later delivery grant of up to £1.5 million of HLF funding.

The Stage 1 funding is oversubscribed and nationally competitive. It would have allowed a detailed planning and action plan phase for improving the heritage of Southport by physical improvements to buildings, training and education along with the regeneration and strengthening links between the town centre and the seafront.

Despite receiving positive feedback from HLF about the application, Sefton just missed out in funding.

Labour Cllr Daren Veidman, Cabinet Member Planning and Building Control, said: “We submitted a quality bid following strong consultation and to miss out like this is hugely disappointing.

“Our bid was encouraged by both Historic England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and a significant amount of time and resources were devoted to it to assure it was the best it could be.

“I would like to thank everyone involved in submitting the bid and we will now look at the feedback provided by HLF and reflect on their comments with the view of submitting again in the coming year.”

Labour Cllr Marion Atkinson, Cabinet Member Regeneration and Skills, added: “We are totally committed to the overall development of Southport, and whilst this is a setback, it must be acknowledged that the areas the Townscape Heritage grant would have helped to secure intervention onto would have been the streets linking Lord Street and the Promenade.

“There are still many other exciting projects, grant bids, and planned investments, infrastructure improvements and initiatives for the wider Southport town centre planned.

“We had the whole hearted support of the local community for this along with the Southport BID team and while disappointing, we will continue to look for the best options for Southport which encourage further investment in the town.”

Funding Surgery: Tesco Bags of Help Fund (6th February, 10am-4pm)

Sefton CVS will be hosting a Funding Surgery on Tuesday 7th February for local groups looking to apply to the Tesco Bags Of Help funding programme. The funding surgery will run from 10am-4pm at Southport Community Centre.

The Bags of Help funds use the 5p carrier bag charge at Tesco stores to improve local parks, hold community events, support sports groups and more. The grants are managed by the community charity Groundwork UK, and help local projects that improve the environment. Grants of up to £5,000 are available. You can find more information about the Tesco Bags of Help grants by clicking here.

Limited places are available, so please email events@seftoncvs.org.uk as soon as possible. Alternatively, call 0151 920 0726 to book your place.

Date: Monday 6th February
Time: 10am – 4pm (Half hour slots available to book)
Location: Community Centre Southport,Norwood Road, Southport, PR8 6HQ.

£115,000 waste prevention fund for Merseyside and Halton community groups

A share of £115,000 is up for grabs to help make the region a cleaner and greener place.

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 money is coming from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund 2017/18, which has been running annually since 2006.

The impact of the 2015/16 Fund saw 10 projects deliver 71 full time equivalent jobs (created or safeguarded), participation by 253 volunteers, 24,256 people directly engaged, 680 tonnes of waste material diverted from landfill and £68,000 of equivalent landfill costs avoided.

Previous Community Fund projects have included:

  • Taking in unwanted bikes and cheap bikes from auctions, refurbishing them to ‘as new’ quality and selling them at an affordable price to the local community as well as teaching people bicycle repair and maintenance.
  • Targeting young adults aged 16-25 and providing a two-day course, arming club leaders with the skills and support to establish ‘Mersey Waste Muncher’ cookery clubs that focus on reducing food waste.
  • Delivering a series of learning workshops enabling people to gain skills to revitalise unwanted furniture and textiles.
  • Training homeless people with the skills to design and make attractive furniture and household accessories from waste, with the items going on sale at the Emmaus Superstore in Seaforth.
  • Reducing the amount of reusable items going to landfill at the end of the academic year by collecting unwanted materials from student accommodation and redistributing cleaned and repaired items back to new students and the local community.
  • Re-using waste wood from domestic properties and gardens to improve visitor facilities and livestock conditions at Home Farm in Croxteth Park and providing training opportunities in re-use.

Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA), Councillor Graham Morgan, said: “We’ve made this money available for new and existing projects which can have an impact on their local community and make Merseyside and Halton a cleaner and greener place for us all to live and work.

“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.”

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.

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

Projects will have eleven months to deliver their schemes and will be expected to get started in May.

Knowsley’s Centre 63 are one organisation to have benefitted from the Community Fund. Jeane Lowe, Chief Executive Officer at Centre 63, said: “The Community Fund has been pivotal in enabling ‘Bike Back 63’ to take in unwanted bikes from the Knowsley community and refurbish them for local residents to re-use and also to help reduce the need for car journeys within the Borough. This support has also enabled us to upskill young people who are NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) and isolated older adults to become bike mechanics and repair old unwanted bikes which are donated back into the community.

“We have also delivered a popular ‘Earn-a-bike scheme’, ‘Bike loan scheme’ and taught over 150 children and young people how to ride a bike and simple bike maintenance techniques.”

Organisations interested in this year’s Community Fund can:

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF EXPRESSION OF INTEREST: 1st February 2017

DONG Energy announces latest round of grants for community projects around Liverpool Bay

Sixteen local organisations around Liverpool Bay are celebrating the news that they have been awarded grants as part of DONG Energy’s Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund.

The lucky recipients will each receive a share of the £112,500 windfall available under round three of the Fund.

Each year, approximately £225,000 will be made available for community projects for the expected 25 year lifetime of the Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm, which will benefit the local area.

The Fund which was only launched in May last year has already supported 46 worthwhile projects who have benefited from a shared £337,500.

The full list of organisations awarded grants under this round of the Community Benefit Fund are as follows:

  • Feeding Britain, Birkenhead
  • Denbighshire Home Start
  • Friends of Prestatyn Railway Station
  • Pirates At Art, New Brighton
  • Wirhalh Skip Felagr, Wirral
  • Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust, Denbighshire
  • Vale of Clwyd Angling Club
  • West Wirral Boys Club
  • The Fillies Girls Football Club, Sefton
  • Greasby Community Association
  • Claire House, Hospice to Home Outreach Play
  • Bidston Lighthouse CIC
  • Bedford Street Community Company, Denbighshire
  • Friends of Derby Park, Bootle
  • Sandbox Digital, Bootle
  • Crosby and District Scout Council

Natasha Nanuck, DONG Energy’s Stakeholder Advisor, said: “It is great to see another 16 worthy local causes will benefit as a result of the Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund providing a tangible way for the offshore wind farm to give something back to the community for many years to come.”

The fourth round of applications is now open. The Fund is being managed by national grant-making charity GrantScape and more details can be found at GrantScape’s website http://www.grantscape.org.uk or by calling 01908 247634. The closing date for applications is 29 March 2017.

DONG Energy is currently constructing the Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm in Liverpool Bay, approximately 7km north of the North Wirral coast. Once completed, the wind farm will have a total capacity of 258MW, enough to provide power for over 230,000 homes.

The Burbo Bank Extension Offshore Wind Farm generated electricity for the first time in November 2016.

Sefton CVS Funding Workshops & Surgeries in January 2017’

Upcoming Funding Workshops and Surgeries

Date

Event

Location

Tuesday 17th January  2017

10am-4pm

Sefton CVS Bid Writing Workshop Sefton CVS Southport Office, All Souls Church Hall
Norwood Road, Southport PR8 6HQ
Friday 20th January 2017

10am-4pm

Sefton CVS Bid Writing Workshop Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS)
3rd Floor, Suite 3B,
Burlington House,
Crosby Road North, Waterloo
L22 0LG
Tuesday 24th January 2017 Sefton CVS Funding Surgery in conjunction with The Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund managed by Grantscape

 

Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS)
3rd Floor, Suite 3B,
Burlington House,
Crosby Road North, Waterloo
L22 0LG
Tuesday 7th January 2017 Sefton CVS Funding Surgery in conjunction with The David Lewis Association Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS)
3rd Floor, Suite 3B,
Burlington House,
Crosby Road North, Waterloo
L22 0LG

 

Sefton CVS Bid Writing Workshop

In this workshop will include guidance on how to:

  • look for suitable funding for your project/ group
  • pitch your application
  • evidence need
  • produce your budget
  • demonstrate your achievements

For further information contact Sian Martin Baez (Sefton CVS Group Development Officer) on 0151 920 0726 ext 210 sian.martin-baez@seftoncvs.org.uk


Sefton CVS Funding Surgery in conjunction with the Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund managed by Grantscape.

Sefton CVS is pleased to announce that Liz Payne from Grantscape will be holding a funding surgery at our Waterloo office on Tuesday 24th January 2017.

Thirty minute slots from 10.15 a.m. will be available for you to discuss your project and potential application on a 1 to 1 basis with Liz.

The next closing date for the fund is 29th March 2017. Please note that places will be limited and appointments will be scheduled on a first come first served basis.

Also please note the eligibility criteria including the strict geographic criteria. For more information please visit http://www.grantscape.org.uk/fund/burbo-bank-extension-community-fund/


Sefton CVS Funding Surgery in conjunction with The David Lewis Association

Sefton CVS is pleased to welcome Peter Ralphs from The David Lewis Association who will be holding a funding surgery in our Waterloo office on Tuesday 7th February 2017.

 

 

Latest Bulletin from Merseyside Funding Information Portal (MFIP)

The Merseyside Funding Information Portal (MFIP) has released it’s latest Funding Bulletin. In this months bulletin you will find all the latest local, regional and national funding information for Merseyside’s Voluntary, Community and Faith (VCF) sector, and details on how you might apply.

Click here to see the Bulletin in your browser.

MFIP is administered by Sefton CVS, and supported by local voluntary sector infrastructure organisations across the region – including Halton & St Helens, Knowsley, Liverpool and Wirral. For more information on MFIP, or to see more funding opportunities from the portal, please visit our dedicated website: www.mfip.org.uk.

Click here to subscribe to MFIP Bulletin updates, and ensure you receive all the very latest funding opportunities directly to your inbox.

You can also keep up with local funding news by following @MerseyFunding on Twitter!

The Celebrate England Fund! (Big Lottery Funding)

Six out of ten people surveyed say they cannot remember ever coming together to celebrate with their community. The Big Lottery Fund wants to help change this with their Celebrate! programme.

They are offering grants of between £300 and £10,000 for groups to hold one off events or activities which celebrate their local community.

You could celebrate something from your community’s history or a local hero. Or maybe it could a chance to bring people together to get to know their neighbours better.

The Big Lottery Fund have a total of £3.875m for projects in England.

What will you celebrate?

Click here to visit the BLF website, where you can find more information on the fund and how to apply.

Ace Fund Grant For Friends of waterloo Seafront Gardens Project

An ambitious project to create a major new flower bed in a disused pond in Waterloo is the latest recipient of funding from a south Sefton environmental grant scheme.

The Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens have received £700 from the Regenerus Ace Fund to transform the ornamental pond in Crescent Garden with a mix of shrubs, plants and herbs.

The pond was the spectacular centrepiece of the garden when it was created in the 1930s, but in recent years it has become difficult to maintain and an eyesore.

Now the Friends, working with Sefton Council Parks and Green Spaces Department, are giving it an exciting new look with almost 200 new plants, chosen to ensure that the new bed is interesting throughout the year.

Karen Abram, who is co-ordinating the project for the Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens, commented: “We’re very grateful to Regenerus for this funding which will help to make a big difference to an area of the gardens that had become rather run down.

“Our aim has been to create an attractive, easy to maintain new feature that will benefit both the local community and the many visitors who come to our area to see Sir Antony Gormley’s Another Place sculptures.”

Regenerus Ace Fund Co-ordinator, Eve Money, said: “We’re delighted to be able to fund this project which is exactly the type of scheme that our fund was set up to support.

“The volunteers from the Friends have done a great job in coming up with a sustainable new use for an old, disused feature and I very much look forward to seeing the full results of their efforts later in the year.”

Sefton Council Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Ian Moncur, added: “I am delighted that this new flower bed will bring back to life what once a fantastic feature of the gardens.

“I would like to express my thanks to Regenerus for funding the project and also the Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens for their continuing hard work to ensure our parks are beautiful places to visit.”

The Regenerus Ace Fund provides a grant of up to £700 each month to a project that will help to improve life in the organisation’s core south Sefton operating area.

Applications from established community and voluntary organisations are welcome, but the Ace Fund is also open to informal groups of local residents joining forces to work on a one-off project.

For more information about future Ace Fund grant opportunities and an application form visit www.regenerus.org.uk or ring Regenerus on 0151-934 2637.

For more information about the Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens visit www.fowsg.co.uk.