Ray Messer Foundation

What is the focus of the fund:  The Foundation has two primary aims:

  1. To support children and young people aged 11-25 and can consider community projects that focus on mental health and wellbeing

-          Priority will be given to projects that support young people in crisis and prevention of suicide.


  1. To support older people and consider projects that help to reduce isolation, improve health, build friendships and help people to learn a new skill or develop a new interest.


How much is available: Grants of up to £1,000

Who can apply:Registered charities, community groups with a constitution or set of rules in the group’s name, social enterprises


Which areas are covered: Merseyside wide


Any special criteria: As this fund is focusing on supporting smaller grassroots organisations, applicants must have an annual income of under £100K to be considered for this fund  


Examples of the sorts of projects that may be funded:

-       Activities such sports, dance and fitness projects for older people

-       Health awareness, advice and information for older people

-       Healthy eating and cooking courses for older people

-       Support groups and counselling services for children or young people with mental health issues

-       Projects tackling the issue of bullying with young people

-       Crisis support for young people and their family

Closing date: Tuesday 20th February 2018

Documents which need to be included with your application:

1. A copy of the group’s rules or constitution

2. A copy of the group’s latest annual accounts or income/expenditure document

3. A copy of a recent bank statement for your group

4. A copy of the group’s current Safeguarding Policy. All applicants must ensure that they hold relevant policies and procedures in place to undertake activities, such as Criminal Records Bureau checks and/or a health and safety policy, depending on proposed activity. If unsure about what you need please contact the Community Foundation for help (details below)



The following items cannot be supported via the fund:

-       Statutory organisations or work that is their responsibility

-       National organisations that cannot demonstrate local governance and control of local finances

-       Commercial ventures

-       CIC’s Limited by Shares

-       Purchase/maintenance of vehicles

-       Activities that will have already taken place before we offer you a grant

-       Politically connected or exclusively religious activities

-       Projects for personal profit

-       Organisations that are set up for the benefit of animals or plants: environmental groups that work with animals or the environment (such as city farms) are acceptable

-       Groups comprising just one family or those that have less than 3 Trustees/Management Committee/Directors

-       Debts and other liabilities

-       Reclaimable VAT

-       Travel outside UK


What happens next?

Completed applications are considered by Community Foundation staff to check eligibility. You may be contacted for more information after applying and a decision making panel will make recommendations based on the fund’s criteria and the budget available.

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