The Community Foundations for Merseyside has announced the Hill Dickinson Foundation Tower Hamlets Programme to make a positive contribution to the communities in which the firm operates by supporting local grassroots organisations and projects.
- Homelessness, food poverty, mental health and employability (access to work).
- To support projects that:
- tackle the issues of homelessness (cause or effect)
- seek to alleviate food poverty, and/or contribute towards food security in a sustainable way
- assist those suffering from ill mental health and or encourage positive mental wellbeing, including for people with Neurodivergent conditions and for people living with disabilities.
- support access to work for those who have either found themselves unemployed or are aspiring to rejoin the workforce through other reasons
- The maximum amount you can apply for is £2,500. The total budget available is £10,000 therefore they expect to provide between 4 – 6 grants across Tower Hamlets.
- Examples of the sorts of projects that may be funded:
- Projects that offer advice and guidance to people at risk of homelessness
- Peer mentoring projects that focus on improving mental health and wellbeing
- Confidence building and education sessions to homeless people to help them move on and gain employment
- Drop-in center’s for homeless people
- Food banks and social supermarket projects
- Support groups and helpline/counselling services for people with mental health issues
- Projects that look to achieve a positive mind-set change around mental health, e.g. self-confidence and or awareness raising projects
- Projects that offer advice and guidance for people who have become unemployed
- Confidence building and education sessions to those who have become unemployed
- Projects to offer mock interviews or retraining opportunities to those who are unemployed
- Employability projects across the board
Which areas are covered?
- London Borough of Tower Hamlets
- The programme is aimed at small grassroots groups with an income level of under £200,000.
- Hill Dickinson would prefer to fund a specific project and be the principal funder rather than a contributor towards a much larger project cost.
- The organisation needs to have a permanent local presence or branch in Merseyside/Lancashire that delivers projects and services for people in the area. There should be a local management team and be able to provide evidence of income and expenditure for activity in Merseyside/Lancashire rather than national accounts.
- They only consider CIC’s limited by Guarantee and they require at least three Directors to be in place and they must be unrelated.
- There are limited funding streams available for individuals to apply in specific boroughs of Lancashire and Merseyside.
- The following items cannot be supported via the fund:
- Statutory organisations or work that is their responsibility
- National organizations that cannot demonstrate local governance and control of local finances
- Private Businesses or Companies Limited by Shares
- Organisations with fewer than three unrelated Trustees/Directors/Management Committee members
- Commercial ventures
- Purchase/maintenance of vehicles
For more information, visit Community Foundations for Merseyside.