Organisations which provide essential services to Liverpool’s communities are being asked to bid for more than £2million funding from the city council.
Not for profit voluntary and community organisations can put forward applications for grants from the Community Resources Unit Funding Programme 2013/16, giving funding for groups which provide the following services:
• Community legal advice
• Support for victims of domestic violence
• Stronger communities
• Capacity building community and voluntary organisations
All applications must support the city council’s vision to develop thriving neighbourhoods, encourage health and wellbeing in communities, make Liverpool’s neighbourhoods more attractive and accessible and empower local residents.
Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for neighbourhoods, Councillor Steve Munby, said: “In these tough economic times, this sort of funding is pivotal in order to continue to support groups which have such a positive impact on neighbourhoods across the city.
“These not for profit organisations provide essential services which residents rely on – from legal advice provided by a Citizens Advice Bureau to support which elderly people depend on to ensure they feel part of the community.
“It will be an extremely difficult task to choose which organisations to fund as all the work these groups do is so worthwhile, but we’re confident those who are selected will make a positive difference to the lives of people in Liverpool.”
All applications must be received by midday on Friday 7 December.
The total funding for 2013 is indicative £2,397,750, and for the following years the grants will be reduced in line with the final budget decisions made by the city council.
In 2012/13 57 groups received funding including:
Liverpool Association of Disabled People – a free, confidential advice service which includes drop-in appointments and home visits for disabled people, their families and carers.
HEAT – Liverpool’s domestic abuse service which keeps women and their children safe from harm.
Merseyside Network for Change – a support service for some of the city’s poorest communities.
Afro Caribbean and Friends Lunch Club – provides affordable meals for isolates BME elders and people with disabilities. Their support also includes social activities and day trips.
PERC – a programme of structured activities targeted at lone parents including parent/toddler groups, interview techniques, personal development workshops and parent/child play.