In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, over £200k in funding has been distributed through the Merton Giving Coronavirus Fund between April and August this year - benefitting 75 organisations reaching and supporting an estimated 6,500 local residents. After a short pause to our funding, we have taken time to review the last six months and to consider, moving forward, where our funding is directed.
We want to continue the commitment we made at the outset of the pandemic by continuing to support those organisations that strive to help the immediate needs of those residents most affected by COVID-19. Helping them to strengthen and build resilience will enable our local communities to be supported. We also recognise the need to remain flexible in our approach and are mindful of the challenges that coping with the pandemic continue to bring.
Additionally, we will help to support organisations on the path to recovery and sustainability by helping them review, develop and execute new ways of working to enable them to respond to challenges faced and to continue to deliver their services to support our local communities.
The Response, Resilience and Recovery Fund is intended to provide financial support to allow organisations to further adapt their services due to increased demand, and to continue to provide valuable support to Merton residents in line with the key themes and supporting criteria. Applicant organisations should aim to achieve this in their application through addressing at least one of the following themes:
|Who Can Apply?|
Organisations must be based in or have a track record of delivering services in Merton, for the benefit of Merton residents. They must also have an independent organisational bank account with at least two non-related signatories. Before you consider applying for a grant, you need to be sure that your organisation and your project are eligible for a Merton Giving Response, Resilience and Recovery Fund. The following are eligible:
Eligible applications will be prioritised as follows:
|Speed of Response and Decision Making|
The cut-off dates for eligible and successfully completed applications for each subsequent panel are the following dates:
The intention is to respond to eligible and successfully completed applications on a rolling basis with a panel sitting and making decisions according to the timetable below:
|How To Apply|
|To apply to the Response, Resilience and Recovery Fund, please complete our online application form here.|
Thank you to everyone that has generously contributed to the Merton Giving Response, Resilience and Recovery Fund.
Merton Giving is a charitable initiative from partners MVSC and Merton Chamber of Commerce, supported by Merton Council.