New Phase of Funding Launched by Merton Giving

Two new funds started to help charitable organisations locally

The next phase of Merton Giving’s funding programme will be open for applications from this Monday (21 June).

Two funds are being launched; the Merton Giving Renewal Fund and The Merton Giving Pandemic Community Outreach Fund.

The National Lottery Community Fund has awarded £150,000 to Merton Giving, which will be used as grant funding to support local charitable organisations through the pandemic crisis as they renew their operations.

Merton Connected, key partner of Merton Giving, is one of a number of local organisations being funded as part of this initiative. The move is part of the fund’s Covid-19 emergency response and it means it will benefit from the local knowledge of these local groups to try to ensure funding is distributed to even more in those communities most vulnerable to the impact of Covid-19.

The Merton Giving Renewal Fund will have a guaranteed amount of a further £130,000 of donations received from other donors including the London Borough of Merton, Clarion Futures, Wimbledon Foundation and the Moat Foundation as well as numerous individual donations and fundraisers.

The Merton Giving Pandemic Community Outreach Fund is focused on improving local engagement around health promotion including testing and vaccine confidence and convenience amongst key communities as well as combatting complacency.

Details of both Funds, including guidance, criteria and timing are available on Merton Giving’s new website

As with previous Merton Giving Funds, the funding team is working to make decisions and allocate funding as quickly as possible.

Diana Sterck, CEO of Merton Chamber of Commerce and Chair of Merton Giving commented, “This new phase of funding will support charitable organisations on their path to recovery, sustainability and renewal, whilst continuing our commitment to support those striving to meet the immediate needs of residents most affected by the pandemic. We’re delighted that the new Merton Giving website will provide a simple gateway for organisations looking to apply for this funding and for residents and businesses wanting to make a donation and give to their local communities in other ways.”

Merton Giving is a charitable partnership between Merton Chamber of Commerce and Merton Connected, the trading name of MVSC. Launched in 2018 to provide a focal point for local giving, Merton Giving encourages people and businesses to give money, time or in-kind support. Since April 2020, Merton Giving has allocated two rounds of grant funding distributing over £338,000 through 106 grants to charitable organisations working locally in Merton.

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June 21, 2021