Monday, 21 July 2008

Money for local group

If you are involved in a small voluntary group in Liverpool, you might be interested in this press release pasted below.

LCVS are pleased to announce a new grants programme for small, grass-roots community and voluntary groups in Liverpool.

Grassroots Grants of up to £5,000 over three years* can be used for anything that increases or develops the capacity of small voluntary and community groups, enabling them to continue or expand their work including advocacy, community voice and service provision for local people. Projects should aim to meet local priorities, in particular those that have been agreed on a ward basis by local residents at ‘Your Community Matters’ events.

Examples of what can be funded are:

· The purchase of equipment

· The costs of putting on a local event or workshop

· Staff costs to enable the employment of sessional workers

· Training for volunteers

· Activities that meet an identified need in the local community

· Contribution to rent costs related to activities/service delivery

This grants programme is aimed at sustaining and developing small, grass-roots organisations. In order to be eligible for a Grassroots Grant, groups must be a not-for-profit voluntary or community group, active in their local community for not less than 12 months prior to 31 December 2007, and have an evidenced income of less than £20,000 per annum. For further details about eligibility please refer to the full guidelines that accompany the application form.

Application forms will shortly be available from our website – follow the link for ‘Grants and Funding’ – in the meantime please contact the Grants Team (call 0151 236 7728 or email for more information and to request an application pack via post or email.

*please note that, while groups may apply to the Grassroots Grants scheme more than once (and through more than one Local Funder – e.g. those administering the scheme in Knowsley, Sefton, Wirral etc) a group cannot receive more than £5,000 in total from the Grassroots Grants programme. If you are applying for a Grassroots Grant from another Local Funder you must declare this on your application form.

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