Merton Giving - Fund launched

The new Merton Giving Fund was launched on 14th May 2019.

The Merton Giving Fund will fund not-for-profit, voluntary, community and faith organisations, based in or delivering services in Merton.  We will not fund individuals, sole traders or organisations established to make a profit.

It is a grants programme.  This round of the Fund will support the delivery of projects that address one or more of the priorities outlined below.  The fund will not support day-to-day organisational running costs.

Priority will be given to small organisations (with an income of under £75,000 per annum) and not currently receiving other funding from the Merton Giving Fund.  Organisations must:

  • Be delivering services that generate a quantifiable benefit to Merton residents
  • Operate in accordance with the principles of the Merton Compact to provide quality services to the people of Merton and recognising that there is added value in working in partnership towards common aims and objectives.

Priorities

Priority will be given to small organisations (with an income of under £75,000 per annum) and not currently receiving other funding from the Merton Giving Fund.  Organisations must:

Be delivering services that generate a quantifiable benefit to Merton residents

Operate in accordance with the principles of the Merton Compact to provide quality services to the people of Merton and recognising that there is added value in working in partnership towards common aims and objectives.

The priority for this round of funding is to support projects that seek to address one or more of the following themes:

Developing Our Future Generation – Grassroots community initiatives to positively engage with diverse groups of young people to promote active citizenship and a reduction in negative lifestyles and behaviours.

Building Healthier Communities – A focus on preventative services and/or activities that address key issues of health inequalities in the borough, including those between East and West Merton.

Connecting our Communities – projects that deliver services and/or activities that bring neighbourhoods and communities together and strengthen and promote community cohesion and social capital.

Progress

The Merton Giving Fund made its first allocation of grant funds in July distributing just over £20,000 to 20 charities working locally.  These small grants provided for 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 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.

The next round of grant funding will be announced here and on our social media channels so please keep a look out.