Mayor’s Hope Fund grants available

Organisations are being invited to apply for a grant from the Mayor’s Hope Fund – the charity established by Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson for poverty relief.

Since being launched in January 2014, more than £170,000 has been donated to more than 65 organisations.

In the latest funding round, the charity wants to support organisations helping to relieve poverty for the most disadvantaged and help them reach more people.

Mayor Anderson said: “The cuts we have seen in welfare spending have had a devastating effect on people who already live in poverty, and we know that there is even worse to come.

“The Mayor’s Hope Fund is our way of supporting those who are suffering most, enabling the organisations that support them to expand the fantastic services they provide.”

Liverpool Homeless FC receive funding from the Mayor's Hope Fund
Liverpool Homeless FC receive funding from the Mayor’s Hope Fund

Grants of up to £3,000 are available for Liverpool based, not-for-profit voluntary and community organisations that are independent of the statutory and private sectors.

The funding can used for a wide range of activities, and applications are welcome from organisations who will work together, share resources and activities.

Applications can be made by noon on Tuesday 10 November at http://themayorshopefund.org.uk/

In addition to foodbanks, other organisations that have previously benefited from the Mayor’s Hope Fund include:

Progressive Lifestyles – to boost their work supplying housing estates and schools with food. The grant was also used to fund a new van, taking the number of people it can help from 2,500 to 4,000 a month.

Walton Village Residents’ Association – to run a “feed a family of four” education project, teaching people how to cook healthy meals from cheap or leftover ingredients.

Centre 56 – to buy kitchen supplies to continue their work providing food to children who are victims of domestic abuse. Pots, pans and a dishwasher have all been purchased and to employ a chef for the kitchen to cook food for the children.

People wanting to donate to the Mayor’s Hope Fund can do so in the following ways:

TEXT: Either £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10. Text LMHF14 followed by the amount to 70070. So, to donate £1, text LMHF14 £1 to 70070

ONLINE: At http://www.justgiving.com/mayorshopefund