The Halton Foundation was launched in February 2016 and aims to forge links between local community groups who need help, with local businesses who may be able to provide it. The partnership is led by Halton Chamber of Commerce, Halton Borough Council and Halton and St Helen’s Voluntary and Community Action (VCA). The Halton Foundation’s grant making arm is administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside. The Halton Foundation comprises a number of funds under its umbrella including dormant funds, the largest of which is the Knights House Charity, which was originally established in February 1875.
What is the focus of the fund: The Halton Foundation Fund aims to support individuals across the Halton Borough who are in need of additional help and support, particularly those who have been adversely affected by the COVID pandemic.
Individuals can apply for items, services or facilities to help reduce hardship and distress such as white goods and furniture. They need to evidence a need for their request and demonstrate that funding is not available from elsewhere ie government funding.
The fund will also consider applications from young people under 25 living in the Widnes area who are in need of educational support, such as sports coaching fees, financial assistance to study music or other arts, equipment needed for further study or to assist with gaining employment or funding to travel abroad to pursue their education
Applications from individuals should also be accompanied by a letter of support/reference from an appropriate organization/individual such as Citizens Advice Bureau, local Councillor, local charity or community group. They should be aware of your situation and your need for the items requested.
Applicants for educational assistance need to provide a letter of support from the course provider, educational establishment or employer etc.
How much is available: The maximum grant available is £250. More may be awarded in exceptional circumstances.
Examples of the sorts of items that may be funded for individuals:
The fund is willing to respond to emergency situations and is willing to consider an application for funding outside of the scheduled open rounds. Please contact Joan Ford if you wish to submit an emergency application – firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date – Monday 15 November 2021
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 email@example.com or post them to the address below. Individual applicants should download 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:
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 within 6 weeks of receipt of a completed application.
For further information, please contact Joan Ford, Community Philanthropy Manager at:
Community Foundation for Merseyside
Third Floor, Stanley Building,
43 Hanover Street,
Liverpool, L1 3DN
T: 0151 294 4756 (direct line) 0330 4404900 (switchboard)