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 Enterprises

Social Enterprise Network

Cooperatives NorthWest


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
Or telephone: 0845 3000218

Charity Information Bureau - Online information

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
Tel: 0870 90 90 811

Department for Children, Schools and Families - Every Child Matters

Merseyside Play Action Council
Tel: 0151-708-0468

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

Knowsley CVS  
Tel: 0151 489 1222

Liverpool CVS  
Tel: 0151 227 5177

Sefton CVS  
Tel: 0151 928 2233

Wirral CVS    
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

Preston CVS
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

Lancaster CVS
Tel: 01524 63760

Cheshire Community Action  
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: 

For further information on applying for a grant and to contact the Community Philanthropy Team please call:
0151 232 2444
or email: