The Ann and Ray Messer Foundation

Please read the Essential Information before applying. 

What is the focus of the fund: 
The Foundation has two primary aims:

  1. To support children and young people aged 11-25 and can consider community projects that focus on mental health and wellbeing.

           Priority will be given to projects that support young people in crisis and prevention of suicide.

  1. To support older people and consider projects that help to reduce isolation, improve health, build friendships and help people to learn a new skill or develop a new interest.


How much is available: Grants of up to £2000

Who can apply: Registered charities, community groups with a constitution or set of rules in the group’s name, social enterprises


Which areas are covered: Merseyside-wide


Any special criteria: As this fund is focusing on supporting smaller grassroots organisations, applicants must have an annual income of under £150k in order to be considered.


Examples of the sorts of projects that may be funded:

-       Activities such as sports, dance and fitness projects for older people

-       Health awareness, advice and information for older people

-       Healthy eating and cooking courses for older people

-       Support groups and counselling services for children or young people with mental health issues

-       Projects tackling the issue of bullying with young people

-       Crisis support for young people and their families

Closing date: Tuesday 27th June 2023  (please note that the total avaialble for this round is £15k and the fund will close earlier if sufficient numbers of applications are received before this date)

Decisions expected to be made late July/early August. 

How to apply?

Please visit the Community Foundation for Merseyside’s 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 If you do not submit all the relevant documents within 7 days, your application will be withdrawn.  You can now attach the documents to your online application or email them to

Documents that need to be included with your application:

1. A copy of the group’s rules or constitution

2. A copy of the group’s 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 (dated within the last three months)

4. A copy of the group’s current Safeguarding Policy.

All applicants must ensure that they hold relevant policies and have procedures in place to undertake activities, such as DBS checks, risk assessments, health and safety policy etc. depending on the proposed activity. 

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