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, the founder of the WO Street Foundation. The fund aims to encourage the community to take a proactive approach to empower themselves and others to achieve social growth and make a difference.

FUND AREA
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.

FUND CRITERIA & PRIORITIES
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, blind and disabled people, particularly those who cannot afford medical or convalescent care.

Applicants also need to demonstrate how their projects are innovative and transformational, responding to, or developing ideas within the local community that encourages a proactive approach to developing / building capacity within the community.

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 other funding.

GRANT SIZE
Grants are available for £250 – £2500

WHO CAN APPLY?
Constituted and un-constituted groups including community groups, voluntary organisations, charities, community interest companies and social enterprises may apply. Applicant’s annual income must be less than £250,000.

Merseyside’s budget for this round is £14,000 and the deadline for applications is 25th January 2019. 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.

HOW TO APPLY?
Please visit www.cfmerseyside.org.uk to complete an online application. Once you have submitted the online application you will need to send the documents listed below within 7 days. If these are not submitted within 7 days we will withdraw your application. You can now attach the documents to your online application, email them to applications@cflm.email or post them to the address below.

Constituted groups should include:
• Governing Document
• Most recent annual accounts
• Safeguarding policy
• A copy of your organisations recent bank statement

Un-constituted groups are eligible to apply but we will be looking to support those in the process of becoming more formal constituted groups. Please include:
• The main contacts names, address and proof of residence (a copy of a utility bill/driving license or other similar document stating your home address)
• A list of people involved in your group

The following items cannot be supported via the fund:
• Public sector organisations or those controlled wholly or in part , e.g. local authority, primary care trust
• National organisations that cannot demonstrate local governance and control of local finances
• Commercial ventures
• Purchase/maintenance of vehicles
• Regional or local offices of a national organisation
• 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
• Statutory organisations or work that is their responsibility
• Debts and other liabilities
• Reclaimable VAT
• Travel outside UK
• Gifts or projects exclusively for the purpose of entertaining – social events can be funded where there is a clear community benefit

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 comprising Community Foundation for Merseyside Trustees/staff will consider and make recommendations on all applications.

TIMESCALES:
The funding panel is due to meet in March with applicants being advised of decisions within 2 weeks of the panel meeting.