Funding for Wirral Community Groups

If you're an individual or community group with a great idea for making a difference to your local area, Wirral Council now has funding available that might help get it off the ground.

Currently, the following funding is available through Wirral's 11 Area Forums:

  • Funds for You- £15,500 per area forum
  • Public Health Fund- £4,577 per area forum
  • Empty Shops Fund- £17,500 per area forum (plus an additional £17,500 per centre for Bromborough, New Ferry and King Street/Brighton Street)

Funds for You and the Public Health Fund are small grant programmes for community and voluntary groups to implement projects and activities. Examples could include:

  • Purchase of PC's or learning tools for voluntary or community groups
  • Purchase of garden tools for a community group
  • Installing gates and railings for security at an allotment site
  • Funding for sports equipment or arts and crafts materials
  • Providing fitness, for example cycling or running courses free of charge to the community

The Empty Shops Fund is available to community groups and 'not for profit' organisations to provide financial help to re-open or re-use empty shops. Examples include assisting with start-up costs for the re-use of shops or using empty shops as information centres or as a base for exhibitions. This could include:

  • Decorating empty shop frontages with colourful vinyl graphics, murals and photographs
  • Using empty shops for craft fairs, exhibitions or an information centres
  • Providing a base for 'pop up' shops for voluntary organisations, community groups or charities to use on a temporary basis
  • Local artist groups using an empty shop to run artist 'in residence' activities for schools and the local community
  • Grant support to assist with start-up costs- internal/external fit out and equipment, running costs- rent, insurance, utilities etc

Applications are being accepted from now until September 9th this year. Further information and application forms can be viewed here.