APPLY online and access the grantee hub.

Governance


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:
http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/

Social Enterprises


Social Enterprise Network/SELNET
http://senw.org.uk/

Social Enterprise Network
www.sen.org.uk

Cooperatives NorthWest
www.cooperatives-nw.coop/

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:

http://www.co-operativebank.co.uk/

Or telephone: 08457 212 212

There are also a number of other community accounts available which you can search for on the internet.

Volunteering


Liverpool John Moores University World of Work (WoW®) Programme aims to ensure that every student is equipped with the skills they need to stand out from the crowd and successfully engage in the world of work, either because they possess skills which are highly valued by employers or because they are well equipped to set themselves up in their own business.

Click here to find out more.

Charity Law


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
http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk
Or telephone: 0845 3000218

Charity Information Bureau - Online information
http://www.cibfunding.org.uk

Policy Guidance


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
https://www.disclosures.co.uk/
Tel: 0870 90 90 811

Department for Children, Schools and Families - Every Child Matters
http://http://www.everychildmatters.org/

Merseyside Play Action Council
http://www.merseyplay.com/
Tel: 0151-708-0468

Nacro
http://www.nacro.org.uk/
Tel: 020 7582 6500

Department for Children, Schools and Families
http://www.dcsf.gov.uk
Tel: 0870 000 2288

Funding, training and information exchange
Directory of Social Change
http://www.dsc.org.uk
Tel: 0151 708 0117

Disability - your rights, employment and the law
Disability Rights Commission
http://www.drc-gb.org/
Tel: 08457 622 633

Commission for Racial Equality
http://www.cre.gov.uk
Tel: 020 7939 0000

Social Exclusion Unit
http://www.govyou.co.uk/tags/socialexclusion/
Tel: 0207 276 1234

Volunteering and employers links
National Centre for Volunteering
http://www.volunteering.org.uk
Tel: 0845 305 6979

Urban Forum: the umbrella body for community and voluntary groups with interests in urban and regional policy, especially regeneration.
http://www.urbanforum.org.uk
Tel: 020 7253 4816

Support and Development Agencies


Merseyside Disability Federation
Support and capacity building for groups working with and for people with disabilities
http://www.merseydisability.org.uk/
Tel: 0151 291-9570

Merseyside Expanding Horizons
Tackling social exclusion
http://www.expandinghorizons.co.uk/
Tel: 0151 330 0552

NAVCA
The national voice of local voluntary and community sector infrastructure in England. There are over 360 National Associations of Councils for Voluntary Service 
http://www.navca.org.uk/

Halton and St Helens Voluntary and Community Action
http://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/
St Helen's Office: 01744 457100
Halton Office: 01928 592 405

Knowsley CVS
http://www.knowsleycvs.org.uk
Tel: 0151 489 1222

Liverpool CVS
http://www.lcvs.org.uk  
Tel: 0151 227 5177

Sefton CVS
http://www.seftoncvs.org.uk  
Tel: 0151 928 2233

Wirral CVS
http://www.wirralcvs.org.uk    
Tel: 0151 647 5432

Voluntary Community Action Wirral
http://www.vcawirral.org.uk/
Tel: 0151 203 2111

Blackburn with Darwen CVS
http://www.bwdcvs.org.uk/bwdcvs/
Tel: 01254 583957

Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde CVS
http://www.cvsbwf.org
Tel: 01253 624505

Preston CVS
http://www.prestoncvs.org/
Tel: 01772 251108

West Lancashire CVS
http://www.wlcvs.org
Tel: 01695 733 737

Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale CVS
http://www.bprcvs.co.uk
Tel: 01282 433740

Hyndburn and Ribble Valley CVS
http://www.hrvcvs.org.uk/
Tel: 01254 879966

Lancaster CVS
http://www.lancastercvs.org.uk
Tel: 01524 63760

Cheshire Community Action
www.cheshireaction.org.uk  
Tel- 01244 323602

Funding Links


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:

http://www.mfip.org.uk 
http://www.grantsexpert.co.uk 

For further information on applying for a grant and to contact the Community Philanthropy Team please call:
0151 232 2444
or email:
info@cfmerseyside.org.uk