Community Foundation for Merseyside

23 Foundation – Guidelines

Background Information:
Jamie Carragher, Liverpool FC’s number 23 set up the 23 Foundation with the Community Foundation for Merseyside at the beginning of 2009 with the proceeds from his charitable Testimonial match and matched funds secured from the Government.

What is the focus of the fund: The 23 Foundation seeks to support groups in Sefton and Liverpool that are helping disadvantaged people in need and those suffering from hardship.

How much is available: The maximum grant available is £2500.

Who can apply: Voluntary or community groups with a constitution or set of rules in the group’s name, which includes CICs and Social Enterprises and individuals.

Which areas are covered: Groups working in disadvantaged areas of Sefton and Liverpool.

Examples of the sorts of projects that may be funded:

  • Groups working with homeless people
  • Foodbanks
  • Self-help groups
  • Projects that help people back into employment
  • Projects to reduce social isolation for vulnerable groups
  • Debt advice sessions
  • Domestic violence projects
  • Projects that help people overcome drug and alcohol problems 

How to apply?
Please visit the Community Foundation for Merseyside’s website – and complete an online application form. Once you have submitted the online application you will need to send the documents listed below. If you do not submit all the relevant documents within 7 days your application will be withdrawn.  You can now attach the documents to your online application, email them to or post them to the address below.  Individual applicants should follow the link to complete an electronic application form which can be saved and emailed back to us. Supporting documents can either be emailed to us or posted to us.

Documents which need to be included with your application:


  • A copy of your governing document or constitution
  • A copy of your latest annual accounts or income/expenditure document
  • A copy of a recent bank statement for your group
  • A copy of your current Safeguarding Policy. All applicants must ensure that they hold relevant policies and procedures in place to undertake activities, such as Criminal Records Bureau checks and/or a health and safety policy, depending on proposed activity. If unsure about what you need please contact the Community Foundation for help (details below)

NB: If you have received a grant from us in the last 12 months and have already submitted copies of the above documents, you do not need to send them in again. However, a bank statement is required with every application.

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
  • Commercial ventures
  • Purchase/maintenance of vehicles
  • Activities that will have already taken place before we offer you a grant
  • Politically connected or exclusively religious activities
  • Projects for personal profit
  • Organisations that are set up for the benefit of animals or plants: environmental groups that work with animals or the environment (such as city farms) are acceptable
  • Groups comprising just one family
  • Debts and other liabilities
  • Reclaimable VAT
  • Travel outside UK
  • Gifts or projects exclusively for the purpose of entertaining – social events can be funded where there is a clear community benefit

What happens next?
All completed applications are assessed by Community Foundation staff to confirm eligibility. You may be contacted for more information after applying and a decision making panel will make recommendations based on the fund’s criteria and the budget available.

You should expect to hear the outcome of your application within 6 weeks of the closing date.

For further information, please contact Joan Ford, Community Philanthropy Manager at:

Community Foundation for Merseyside
Third Floor, Stanley Building,
43 Hanover Street,
Liverpool, L1 3DN

T: 0330 440 4900

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