LCR Cares – COVID 19 Community Support Fund
Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram in partnership with the Community Foundation for Merseyside and with funding from the National Emergencies Trust launched the LCR Cares fund at the end of March 2020. The overall aim of the fund is to support local voluntary and community organisations that are helping vulnerable people impacted by the Covid-19 crisis. The programme is now transitioning from the initial immediate relief phase to a more long term emergency phase, the definition for which is ‘those who are suffering hardship as a result of the short and long term economic and social consequences caused by COVID-19’.
The fund will continue to prioritise projects which directly respond to acute need, particularly in local communities which experience a return to lockdown as a result of a spike in infections, but we can now widen our remit and support a wider range of community support as outlined below.
We will continue to support:
Who can apply?
Voluntary, community and faith organisations, registered charities, social businesses, churches, PTAs and parish/town councils. We also welcome applications from newly established groups though please note the requirements below on documentation required.
Priority will be given to funding organisations who are reaching the most vulnerable or at greatest risk of negative social, health or economic impacts including the BAME community who have suffered disproportionately from COVID.
How much is available?
Grants of up to £10,000 are available. We can accept applications from organisations who have previously received funding as long as the original funding has been spent and monitoring provided. Depending on available funds, priority may be given to organisations who have not been awarded a grant from the fund previously. Please note we will have to take into account previous grants to ensure we are able to support as many community organisations as possible.
What cannot be funded?
How to apply?
Please click here to complete an online application form. Once you have submitted the online application you will need to send the documents listed below. You can attach the documents to your online application, or email them to email@example.com.
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Documents which need to be included with your application:
1. A copy of your governing document.* If you do not have a governing document in place yet you can still apply, provided you can supply a list of 3 people involved in the running of your organisation, have safeguarding arrangements in place and are able to nominate another organisation to hold the funds.
2. A copy of your latest annual accounts or income/expenditure document*^ (if a new organisation then evidence of your bookkeeping records)
3. A copy of a recent bank statement for your group. If you do not have a bank account in place, you must be able to nominate another organisation to hold the funds (CVS, another local charity, church etc.)
4. A list of your Trustees/Directors/Management Committee members*
5. A copy of your current Safeguarding Policy*. All applicants must ensure that they hold relevant policies and procedures in place to undertake activities, such as Criminal Records Bureau checks and/or a health and safety policy, depending on proposed activity. If unsure, we recommend taking advice from your local CVS.
*If you have applied to us within the last 12 months and provided this information we do not need you to send it again.
^ If you are a registered Charity or Company Ltd by Guarantee, and we can obtain this information from the Charity Commission or Companies House register, you do not need to send it to us.
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. The fund will be rolling and decisions made on a regular basis.
Community Foundation for Merseyside
Third Floor, Stanley Building, 43 Hanover Street,
Liverpool, L1 3DN