In 2018 we launched Merton Giving, a partnership with Merton Chamber of Commerce and supported by Merton Council. It provides a focal point for local giving with the aim of tackling inequality in the borough of Merton.
Based on the notion that everyone has something to give, no matter how small - we encourage people and businesses to give money, time or in-kind support, to help local people and make a positive difference to their lives.
Grant Fund Awards Announced:
We are pleased to be able to announce, that following the panel meeting on Friday 31st January 2020, 11 local organisations will share the £10,000 Winter Grant Fund pot.
These organisations have been awarded grants, ranging in value from £500 - £1000, to address isolation and loneliness amongst targeted cohorts of Merton residents.
The Journey So Far...
The Merton Giving Fund made its first allocation of grant funds in July 2019, distributing just over £20,000 to 20 charities working locally. These small grants provided to local charities have an enormous impact for the borough’s residents.
Beneficiaries include the Young at Heart Club, a volunteer led lunch club which provides hot meals and activities to isolated people in the Figges Marsh area. Funding from Merton Giving is allowing them to increase their activities and take their group on outings – helping to combat loneliness and social isolation.
Funding was also granted to Hearts and Minds, to provide a peer support worker for the organisation allowing them to facilitate weekly sessions for young people aged 14-25 experiencing mental health difficulties.
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