WO Street Transformation Fund

Please read the Essential Information before applying. 

Background Information:
The aims of the WO Street Transformation Fund are to transform activities, enhance capacities and develop communities in line with the wishes of Mr. Street, who was the founder of the WO Street Foundation. It aims to encourage the community to take a proactive approach to empower themselves and others to achieve social growth and make a difference.


What are the objects of the fund: Projects should meet the WO Street Foundation priorities, which include advancing education and tackling poverty particularly for children and young people who are unable to meet their educational or living costs or projects for older people, blind people or disabled people, particularly those who cannot afford medical or convalescent care.


Applicants also need to demonstrate how their projects are innovative and transformational in enhancing the capacity of Merseyside’s voluntary sector. Examples include pilot projects and grants for voluntary sector growth such as mergers and partnership working. 


Grants are available to small voluntary and community groups and organisations to help build and support initiatives that meet the priorities above and that have a lasting effect. The fund wishes to support projects that can demonstrate engagement of the wider community with applicants identifying what they are bringing to the project such as in-kind support, skills or further funding.


How much is available: Grants are available up to £2,000 and the budget available is £8,500. Applicants must demonstrate what they aim to bring to the project i.e. in-kind support, skills or further funding.


Which areas are covered: Groups based and operating in Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton and St Helens are eligible to apply but, unfortunately, as the fund covers the old Lancashire geographical boundaries, Wirral groups are unable to apply. 


Who can apply: Constituted groups including community groups, voluntary organisations, charities, community interest companies and social enterprises may apply. Applicants’ annual income must be less than £250,000.


How to apply: Please visitwww.cfmerseyside.org.uk to complete an online application. Before you submit your online application, please attach the supporting documents listed below.  If you are unable to do this at the time of submission, you can email the documents to applications@cflm.email within seven days. 


The deadline for applications is 31st January however as there are limited funds available and we do not want to disappoint too many applicants, the fund may close earlier so we recommend you apply as soon as possible and we will keep you updated via our website and social media. 


The following cannot be supported via the fund:


How are decisions made?

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 consider and make recommendations on all applications.



You will usually be notified of the decision within 2 weeks of the panel, which will be held towards the end of March.



Community Foundation for Merseyside

Third Floor

Stanley Building

43 Hanover Street


L1 3DN

T: 0330 440 4900


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