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Funding boost for community projects

by Cathy Sheel

Community projects across Knowsley can now apply for a share of a £250,000 fund approved by Knowsley’s Cabinet on 2 November.

Members approved plans to establish a Stronger Communities Fund – a replacement for the former Community Empowerment Fund – to support Knowsley’s voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector to develop new project ideas, and to sustain and grow established activity.

Over the past five years, the Council has invested £1.2m into Knowsley’s voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector and this fund will particularly support groups helping families deal with the challenges brought by the current cost of living crisis.

The principles of the fund will also support the priorities in the Knowsley Council Plan, which has a clear vision of supporting ‘Knowsley’s People and Communities to thrive’ by providing effective support for those in need, inclusive growth and skills, and achieving Net Zero by 2040.

Who can apply?

Registered charities, constituted voluntary, community and faith organisations, community interest companies, community benefit societies, charitable incorporated organisations, and community amateur sports clubs who have been operating for at least 12 months and have a good track record of delivery.

The Council is also keen to support newly established organisations which can demonstrate that they have strong governance structures in place.

How much is available?

Grants of up to £2,000 and £10,000 are available.  Organisations can apply for:

  • One allocation of up to a maximum of £2,000 to support new organisations or new project ideas which require a small allocation of “seed” funding to enable the ideas to be launched and tested and,
  • One allocation of up to a maximum of £10,000 for established organisations wishing to sustain activity or expand and extend current activity.

How to apply?

You can apply here on the council’s website. The closing date for applications midnight on 4 December 2022. Funding would be released from early March 2023, subject to the Cabinet’s approval on 22 February 2023.

There will also be a series of online workshops available for groups/organisations to talk through the application process, if required.  These will take place via MS Teams on:

Wednesday 16 November 2022: 9.30am – 10.30am

Wednesday 30 November 2022: 9.30am – 10.30am

To book onto a session, please email stronger.communities@knowsley.gov.uk

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