23 Foundation

Please read the Essential Information before applying. 

Background Information: 

Jamie Carragher, Liverpool FC’s number 23 set up the 23 Foundation with the Community Foundation for Merseyside at the beginning of 2009 with the proceeds from his charitable Testimonial match and matched funds secured from the Government.


What is the focus of the fund: The 23 Foundation seeks to provide the youth of Merseyside with the means to make a difference in society by giving them an outlet through sport and education.  It aims to fund projects that tackle the cause of youth disadvantage and provide information, education and skills to empower young people to go on to further education or employment. The fund will also support projects that improve children and young people’s health.


Additionally, the fund will support groups that are directly working to support people who are experiencing homelessness and facing real poverty.


How much is available: The maximum grant available is £2500


Who can apply: Voluntary or community groups with a governing document, constitution or set of rules in the group’s name.


Which areas are covered: Merseyside with priority given to Sefton. For this round, we also encourage applications from groups supporting disadvantaged young people in Norris Green, Fazakerley and Walton. 


Examples of the sorts of projects that may be funded



The closing date is Monday 3 July 2023The fund may close earlier if sufficient applications are received. 

How to apply?

Please visit the Community Foundation for Merseyside’s website - www.cfmerseyside.org.uk and complete an online application form. Once you have submitted the online application you will need to send the documents listed below. If you do not submit all the relevant documents within 7 days your application will be withdrawn.  You can now attach the documents to your online application, email them to applications@cflm.email or post them to the address below.  Individual applicants should follow the link to complete an electronic application form which can be saved and emailed back to us. Supporting documents can either be emailed to us or posted to us.


Documents which need to be included with your application:




The following items cannot be supported via the fund:


What happens next?

All completed applications are assessed by Community Foundation staff to confirm 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.


You should expect to hear the outcome of your application by Mid-September 2023


For further information, please contact us direct:

Community Foundation for Merseyside

Third Floor, Stanley Building,

43 Hanover Street,

Liverpool, L1 3DN

T: 0330 4404900 Email: applications@cflm.org.uk

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