The Mayoral Club was set up in 2014 by Mayor Joe Anderson OBE, to forge local, national and international relationships between Liverpool’s stakeholders, Northern Powerhouse businesses and organisations. A key aim for the Club is to collectively drive forward the cultural agenda of the city through collaboration and opening opportunities for businesses across the city region, North West and beyond.
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson OBE said, “We are thrilled to have chosen Merseyside Women’s Fund, managed by the Community Foundation for Merseyside, as the official charity for the Mayoral Club this year.
Throughout 2019, Culture Liverpool and Liverpool City Council will be showcasing women locally, nationally and internationally with an aim to celebrate, inspire and empower. The Merseyside Women’s Fund supports incredible work by addressing key issues and eliminating barriers that affect women and girls in our community and are the perfect fit for our 2019 Mayoral Club charity.”
Launched in 2018, the Community Foundation for Merseyside have a long-term aim is to raise £1 million to create a lasting legacy for the women and girls of Merseyside.
Community Foundation for Merseyside Chief Executive, Rae Brooke, said: “We are thrilled that the Mayoral Club has chosen to support the Merseyside Women’s Fund during 2019.”
“Similar women-only funds are already in existence in the North East, Scotland and USA and have delivered real impact for women in their communities. We want women to feel safe, supported, empowered and confident when confronted by abuse, discrimination and a lack of opportunities”
“This is a fantastic opportunity to achieve the ambitions and needs of women and girls in Merseyside, we encourage more philanthropists, organisations and individuals to get behind this fund and commit their support.”
In September, the fund invited applications for grants between £5,000 and £10,000 to support community projects that provide services for women of all ages and backgrounds facing issues such as domestic violence and abuse, mental health and wellbeing, confidence, aspiration, self-belief and resilience and social isolation.
Recently, eight small grassroots charities and community groups were awarded their share of £74,000 from the first round of funding. Decisions were made by an independent panel and the fund was significantly oversubscribed with bids of over £479,000.