Funding body information

Knowsley Council

Customer Contact Centre
Municipal Buildings
Cherryfield Drive
L32 1TX
0151 489 6000

Point of contact:

Community Foundation for Merseyside, Grants Team, 0151 966 3591,
Sarah Lee, Philanthropy Development Senior Officer, 0151 232 2417,


Knowsley Council's voluntary sector funding is administered through The Community Foundation for Merseyside, which currently offer the following government funded scheme:

Employable Communities Fund

Funding is available up to £12,000 for voluntary and community sector groups that target the area of worklessness and provide opportunities that encourage people to re-enter employment through learning, and educational opportunities.

Further information on this fund and other grant schemes available from the Community Foundation for Merseyside can be found through the following link: available grants

Community Chest Fund

Knowsley Council Community Chest Fund is currently closed for applications pending a review of the programme.

For further information about all funding opportunities for community groups, please contact Knowsley Council for Voluntary Services on 0151 489 1222.

Many local authorities are now moving away from grant-making and beginning to use commissioning as a way to distribute funding to the third sector. Local commissioners can be difficult to find and identify, however NAVCA have created a guide that may help: 'Finding your commissioner'

Voluntary Sector Funding Pages:

North West Development Agency

Useful organisations:

Community Foundation for Merseyside

Knowlsey CVS

Knowsley Council doesnt administer any grants schemes from the council itself, so no information is available on their website.

However, the Community Foundation website provides full and up-to-date information on all of the grant schemes that they manage on behalf of the council.

Further enquiries with the council proved to be quite difficult, however contact was eventually made with the Community Foundation for Merseyside who were very helpful and happy to answer any further queries at a later stage.

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