The Windle United Fund

The Windle United Fund

What is the focus of the fund:  The fund will support a wide range of charitable projects in the St Helens area with a particular focus on projects that target children and young people, the elderly or people with disabilities as per the original charitable objects of the charity.  Projects should focus on one of the following issues:

Who can apply:

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

How much is available: 

Grants of up to £2000 are available and the total budget is £20k

Which areas are covered: 

St Helens, with priority given to projects that benefit residents in the ancient township areas of Windle, postcodes WA10 and WA11

Examples of the sorts of projects that may be funded:

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

-       Projects that help young people learn new skills and gain qualifications

-       Money management support sessions

-       Projects that offer advice and guidance to people at risk of homelessness

-       Projects to tackle hunger such as food banks, food pantries

-       Healthy eating and cooking courses for older people

-       Support for young people moving into independent living

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

-       Crisis support

-       Self-help groups

-       Mentoring schemes to help improve employability for young people

-       Luncheon Clubs

Closing date:
17 December 2021.

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 If you do not submit all the relevant documents within 7 days your application will be withdrawn.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, email them to or post them to the address below.

Documents which 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

4. A copy of the group’s 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 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

-       CIC’s 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 benefit of animals or plants: environmental groups that work with animals or the environment (such as city farms) are acceptable

-       Groups comprising just one family or those that have less than 3 Trustees/Management Committee/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.  You should hear the outcome of your application by the end of January.


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