The LCVS Community Impact Fund helps voluntary sector organisations and registered charities do even more to build stronger communities across Liverpool and Merseyside.
How does it work?
Eligible organisations can apply for grants of up to £3,000 for projects that meet one or more of our four main priority areas:
- Income stability
- Arts and Culture
Applications will be assessed on the impact that the project will have on the lives of those who benefit. We’re looking for projects that help make a change for those most in need.
What you can apply for
Health and Well Being
Projects that support healthy communities and encourage participation, especially (but not exclusively) with older people or those with health conditions.
Projects that promote learning across the age groups, help people develop new skills and achieve their full potential.
As part of a commitment to reducing inequality and supporting financial stability and independence, successful applications will be those detailing initiatives specifically designed to tackle and reduce poverty.
Arts and Culture
We believe that Arts and Culture play an important role in terms of the social benefits for health, education and community cohesion and will be looking for projects that use arts and cultural activities that bring communities and generations together.
We only fund activities that can evidence the outcomes for those most in need in Liverpool and across Merseyside.
Based upon the high level of applications in previous years, we can only fund projects that align with our priority areas. Unfortunately, it’s for this reason that some good projects won’t be considered.
Please note: play schemes are not eligible as they are funded through other programmes.
Who can apply?
Organisations must be registered charities, or have charitable aims as part of their governing document, and must be able to register with the Charity Commission if their income exceeds £5,000.
In addition, organisations must have:
- At least two cheque signatories
- An adopted Constitution or set of rules and have a bank account in the name of the organisation or group
- An appropriate child/vulnerable adult safeguarding policy and procedure where applicable and evidence that staff and volunteers are DBS checked.
Community Interest Companies
A Community Interest Company is a specific legal model registered with both Companies House and the CIC Regulator. Community Interest Companies can apply for funding, as long as they satisfy the following criteria:
- The CIC must have at least 3 directors and be able to demonstrate how they have engaged with local people to identify the need.
- The application is to fund charitable activity*
*Charitable activity means activity that supports a charitable purpose, as defined by the Charity Commission, and that meets the public benefit requirement as detailed in the Charities Act 2011.
To see the full guidance document, please click here.
To apply, please click here.