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Stronger Communities Fund helps 50 local projects

by Cathy Sheel

Knowsley Council’s Cabinet have approved the allocation of more than £350,000 to help local groups and organisations provide ‘effective support to those in need’ – one of the three key priorities in the Knowsley Council Plan 2022-2025.

For the 2023/2024 fund, Knowsley Council gave priority to grant applications which tackled the impact of the ongoing cost of living crisis on residents, and those which will help build further capacity for youth provision in the borough.

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.

Groups could apply for up to £2,000 for new organisations or projects that required ‘seed funding’ to launch and test their activities. Established organisations could apply for up to £10,000 to sustain, extend or expand existing projects.

Applications to the fund were oversubscribed, with 68 local groups seeking support. The 50 organisations successfully securing funding include:

  • Act for Action CIC, Huyton, who will receive £9,000 to provide courses for disabled people and their supporters to promote independent cooking skills, as well as providing special educational needs and/or disabilities information. It will also support a renovation to make the kitchen more useable for
    trainees, course participants, and the many families and carers who attend the social clubs.
  • End Furniture Poverty ‘Time for Bed’ project in Kirkby will receive £10,000 to buy up to 58 single bed bundles for local children aged 0-18 who have been identified as living in bed poverty and referred for support for essential bed/bedding items.
  • The Explore Partnership CIC, Halewood, will receive £10,000 to support initial works to prepare, open, furnish, equip, and staff ‘The Hub’ project supporting the local community.
  • Incredible Edible Knowsley and Olivia’s Butterfly Garden project, Huyton, will receive £10,000 to pay for a member of staff to deliver lessons and workshops to schools, including the creation of lesson plans for future use and sharing with schools.
  • Green Fingers Community Allotment Plot, Prescot, will receive £2,000 to support a ‘Green Fingers growing’ group benefiting physical and mental health.

 You can view a full list of the successful projects here.

Over the past five years, the Council has invested £1.5m 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.

Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council said:

“We know that people are struggling due to the on-going Cost of Living Crisis and as a Council we need to be dynamic in the ways in which we can offer support. Through the Stronger Communities Fund we are able to empower those groups and organisations closest to the community to deliver impactful projects which can help and support those most in need.”