Football For Change

Please read the Essential Information before applying. 

What is the focus of the fund:  The fund can consider a wide range of community projects from charitable organisations based within Merseyside or Greater Manchester. Football For Change is investing in young people who face social and economic barriers when trying to reach their full potential. These are young people who’ve faced poverty and those who have experienced tough starts in life.  We’re aiming to give them a platform to build better futures.


How much is available: Grants of up to £10,000. Budget for this round is approximately £100,000 for Merseyside and £35,000 for Greater Manchester


Which areas are covered: Merseyside and Greater Manchester


Priorities: The fund will focus on projects that support young people by funding life-changing, social mobility projects in education, employment, and sport. The fund will support community projects that remove barriers to young people reaching their potential and inspire them to achieve. The young people will predominantly be those who are not in employment, education and/or those who have experienced social and economic challenges. The fund also focuses on supporting BAME communities.


Examples of the sorts of projects that may be funded:

-        Education programmes supporting young people to gain access to higher education

-        Life-changing sporting opportunities that give young people the chance to access careers in sport or participate in sporting events that they wouldn’t normally be able to due to financial barriers

-        Training and apprenticeships/career development

This list is not exhaustive.


Closing date: 4pm Friday 23rd February


How to apply?

Please visit the Community Foundations website - 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 If you do not submit all the relevant documents within seven days your application will be withdrawn.  You can attach the documents to your online application, email them to or post them to the address below.


Documents which need to be included with your application:

1. A copy of your governing document

2. A copy of your latest annual accounts or income/expenditure document

3. A list of your current Trustees/Directors/Management Committee

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

4. A copy of your current Safeguarding Policy. All applicants must ensure that they hold the relevant policies and procedures in place to undertake activities, such as Disclosure and Barring System (DBS) 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

-        Companies 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 sole benefit of animals or plants

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


For further information please contact us at:


Community Foundations for Lancashire and Merseyside  

Third Floor,

Stanley Building,

43 Hanover Street,


L1 3DN

T: 0330 440 4900



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