Welcome to the Funding/Fundraising Support page.

If you are a community or voluntary group looking for free advice, information and support on the following issues

  • Funding
  • Fundraising
  • Fundraising Strategy
  • Funding websites
  • Support to complete an application bid to a funder
  • Any other related support

Contact Zel Rodgers on 0151 353 9700 ext 205 or email

We have a range of resources in the resource section for links to useful websites, factsheets, templates and videos on a range of topics designed to support the sector.

We run a range of workshops and briefings by funders regularly.  Check the events calender for more details on Meet the Funder sessions and workshops including Awards for All.

We send a weekly funding bulletin out by email to all subscribers.  If you would like to receive the bulletin please email with your request including the name and address of the organisation and the main contacts name, telephone number and email.




Funding Searches

A free funding search facility is available through the Merseyside Funding Information Portal or Funding Central

Government funding – free access (if your group’s income is less than £500k) to a list of all sources of government grant funding.

European Funding - access to sources of European Funding.

BT Community Web Kit - BT have provided a new free kit to enable you to create an easy to build web site to promote your charity or community group.

Most large funders with charitable grant programmes have their own websites. Some are listed below:

Community Foundation for Merseyside

Big Lottery Fund – Awards for All

Arts Council England

Heritage Lottery Fund

Sport England

Neighbourhood Funding - Wirral Council

Community Builders

Lloyds TSB Foundation

John Moores Foundation

The Hemby Trust

BBC Children in Need

Cash for Clubs

The Morgan Foundation


Have you thought about Sustainable Funding?

The Sustainable Funding Project (delivered by NCVO) is aimed at helping groups look at diversification of income streams, the importance of planning and full cost recovery.  VCA Wirral have some valuable resources and training from the project to share with groups including toolkits e.g The Sustainable Sun Needs-Analysis Tool, which can be used by itself or alongside other toolkits and training.

“There are lots of key questions you need to ask when choosing a legal form for your trading venture, social enterprise or trading subsidiary. Use this tool developed by the Sustainable Funding Project at NCVO and legal experts Hempsons to work through the relevant issues such as trading purpose, ownership, governance and tax status. Download it here (pdf 605 kb)”

The Knowledge Asset Review (KAR) tool enables Merseyside third sector organisations to identify opportunities to generate income - Knowledge Asset review diagnostic tool.  In conjunction with this, VCA Wirral have also had some valuable training from Licencenet (funded by Changeup) with regard to copyright and licensing of intellectual property to create new income streams.

Bassac provide support and training on the benefits of collaborationBassac - Axis of influence workshop is a discussion-based tool specifically designed to help community groups and networks.


Some key words used in funding
Evidence of need – Evidence that you collect, that shows a need for your kind of work. Statistics, results of consultations, interviews, surveys, your own experience, official reports or plans.
Beneficiary – The types of people who are intended to benefit. It may be a community in a city area, or a group of people with a particular illness or disadvantage.
Aim – The overall purpose of the project, in general terms.
Activities – What you actually do. The times, amounts of people, etc.
Outcomes – The long-term end result of what you do. The changes or differences that your work will make over time, for the beneficiaries. They should be related to your aim.
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