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What We Fund


Please read through all sections as your project may be included under more than one heading.

We make grants towards running costs, volunteers' out-of-pocket expenses, one-off projects, equipment and salaries. Preference is given to organisations seeking funding for projects which fall within the Foundation’s target areas for giving which are:

And, in Merseyside only:            


Trustees will continue to review the Foundation’s grant making policy at regular intervals.

Local community groups
Local community groups/projects in disadvantaged areas run by and for local people, including support and self-help groups, tenants'/residents' associations, local initiatives to improve the environment and community action. Where there are unmet needs in the community we would support fresh approaches and new ideas for tackling them. We also encourage networking with groups doing similar work either locally or in other regions. You can find out more about the approach to community development that JMF likes to support by reading the 'Community Development Document' in the download area of this site.

Black and Minority Ethnic Organisations
Projects run by and for people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, including travellers and migrant workers, especially those which work towards redressing the disadvantage faced by such groups. We also support non-BAME community groups who are developing and implementing culturally sensitive policies, and cross-community trust-building initiatives.

Projects offering emergency support to incoming refugees (including legal advice) and helping their integration into community life by actively working with settled communities. Support might include basic education, literacy, training, health and general social welfare. Schemes that target excluded people within the refugee community and initiatives that enable them to meet their own needs are also supported.

Women including girls
Projects which work towards redressing the disadvantages faced by women in society, including women's health and support groups, victims of abuse and/or violence, literacy and second chance learning.

Children and young people
Local groups running projects in disadvantaged children, which provide facilities or opportunities for children and young people aged between 5 and 25. Projects should include an underpinning, long-term personal and inter-personal development programme that raises aspirations and increases awareness of problems, such as discrimination and violence. Outside the Liverpool local authority area, small grants may also be available for mainly volunteer-run school holiday activities. In all cases we would particularly encourage projects which are, or which are working towards being, user-led.

Family support
Projects giving support to families. This could include parenting skills, mutual support/self help, families in crisis and childcare. After school clubs, playgroups etc, would only be funded where there is a family support focus.

Second chance learning
Projects run by non-statutory organisations which enable adults who have little or no education to return to learning. Grants may be given to organisations towards the cost of courses (including tutors), childcare, advice and information services etc.

Homeless people
Projects to provide services for homeless people or to furnish accommodation including: provision of emergency food, shelter and clothing; support, advice and advocacy; and training and second chance learning.

Advice and information to alleviate poverty
Projects providing welfare rights, or other advice and information services, to alleviate poverty or mitigate debt. Groups would be encouraged to hold or to be working towards a nationally-recognised quality standard in advice-giving.

Grassroot social health initiatives
Projects run by local non-statutory organisations which aim to improve people's physical and/or mental health. Priority will be given to projects in disadvantaged areas where health problems arise from social and environmental factors and which work with vulnerable groups. Issues might include stress, HIV/AIDS, self-harm, substance misuse etc.

Training for voluntary organisations
Training for voluntary and community organisations to enhance the skills particularly of management committee members, but also of staff in mainly volunteer run organisations, to enable them to operate more effectively and improve the quality of the service they offer. Funding is also available for the recruitment and training of volunteers.

Joint working and trust building initiatives
Projects which aim to break down barriers, to encourage co-operation and joint working between different community and voluntary groups and across local boundaries.  
Grants may be given for work involving local trust-building initiatives where there may be tensions or misunderstandings within or between communities.

Equality and Diversity
Services and activities which aim to counter prejudice and discrimination of any kind against disadvantaged groups, e.g. on grounds of disability, race, religion, sex, sexuality or gender identity.  Projects would be expected to be substantially led by people from the discriminated groups concerned.

Projects which benefit carers by the provision of support services, advice, information or non-medical respite care.

NOTE: Unsolicited applications that fall outside our policy criteria are not considered

Examples of grants awarded in Merseyside in 2014-2015
•    £9,789 for the salary of the Tribunal Advocacy Project Co-odinator.  
•    £2,000 to a group for a freephone advice line.
•    £7,000 a year for 3 years to a asylum seekers organisation towards volunteer costs.
•    £3,000 a year for 3 years to a community organisation towards youth development work.
•    £1,400 for running costs for older people's projects.
•    £10,000 for 2 years for the salary of the part-time Advocacy Worker to work with disabled people.
•    £2,500 a year for 2 years for volunteer expenses.
•    £6,903 for one year towards new computers and software for a centre working with deaf and hard of hearing people.
•    £7,700 for alcohol and drug misuse training for parents and carers.
•    £10,000 to a women's organisation towards a Domestic Violence Young Ambassador project.

Examples of grants awarded in Northern Ireland in 2014-2015
•    £3,000 to a Polish group for transport costs, materials and text books.
•    £1,235 to an Arthritis support group for hall rental, speakers and tutor fees.
•    £5,000 towards volunteer expenses and running costs.
•    £2,567 to a grassroots social health group for running costs.
•    £5,000 for volunteer expenses, training costs and volunteer events.