APPLY online and access the grantee hub.
Becoming formally constituted is the gateway to accessing funding in many cases, as it reflects how your group operates in a safe and professional manner. The Charity Commission has useful information and model documents of constitutions for groups to use and adopt as their own.
Go to their website using this link:
Social Enterprise Network/SELNET
Social Enterprise Network
Community Bank Accounts
In order for you to receive funding it is usually a condition that your group has a community bank account to keep funds secure.
The Co-operative Bank offers the Community Direct Plus free account for groups that trade for a social purpose - such as charities, credit unions, voluntary organisations, parish councils and social enterprises. For more details visit:
Or telephone: 08457 212 212
There are also a number of other community accounts available which you can search for on the internet.
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As an integral part of life, charities are subject to specific law. The Charity Commission is the regulatory body and registrar of charities in England and Wales. For more details on Charity Law and becoming a registered charity please visit:
Charity Commission for England and Wales
Or telephone: 0845 3000218
Charity Information Bureau - Online information
In delivering your project there are many policies and procedures you will need to consider, from child protection laws and working with disabled people to equal rights and conducting risk assessments.
The following list provides a range of organisations who can advise on specific issues.
Working with children or young people under 19?
Criminal Records Bureau
Tel: 0870 90 90 811
Department for Children, Schools and Families - Every Child Matters
Merseyside Play Action Council
Tel: 020 7582 6500
Department for Children, Schools and Families
Tel: 0870 000 2288
Funding, training and information exchange
Directory of Social Change
Tel: 0151 708 0117
Disability - your rights, employment and the law
Disability Rights Commission
Tel: 08457 622 633
Commission for Racial Equality
Tel: 020 7939 0000
Social Exclusion Unit
Tel: 0207 276 1234
Volunteering and employers links
National Centre for Volunteering
Tel: 0845 305 6979
Urban Forum: the umbrella body for community and voluntary groups with interests in urban and regional policy, especially regeneration.
Tel: 020 7253 4816
Support and Development Agencies
Merseyside Disability Federation
Support and capacity building for groups working with and for people with disabilities
Tel: 0151 291-9570
Merseyside Expanding Horizons
Tackling social exclusion
Tel: 0151 330 0552
The national voice of local voluntary and community sector infrastructure in England. There are over 360 National Associations of Councils for Voluntary Service
Halton and St Helens Voluntary and Community Action
St Helen's Office: 01744 457100
Halton Office: 01928 592 405
Tel: 0151 489 1222
Tel: 0151 227 5177
Tel: 0151 928 2233
Tel: 0151 647 5432
Voluntary Community Action Wirral
Tel: 0151 203 2111
Blackburn with Darwen CVS
Tel: 01254 583957
Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde CVS
Tel: 01253 624505
Tel: 01772 251108
West Lancashire CVS
Tel: 01695 733 737
Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale CVS
Tel: 01282 433740
Hyndburn and Ribble Valley CVS
Tel: 01254 879966
Tel: 01524 63760
Cheshire Community Action
Tel- 01244 323602
Community Foundation for Merseyside is proud to be one of the largest funders of the voluntary and community sector in Liverpool and its surrounding areas. However, there are a range of organisations who provide grants to other sectors and individuals beyond the scope of our work. Why not visit the following sites to see what grants are available:
For further information on applying for a grant and to contact the Philanthropy Services & Programmes Team please call:
0151 232 2444
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org