Merton to allocate almost £5million to voluntary and community organisations

Merton Council has announced it will be giving much needed financial support to 20 organisations in Merton.

Almost £5million has been allocated from the new Civic Pride Fund to organisations in the voluntary and community sector – the largest support package for many years.

Over £1million of the funding has been allocated to organisations supporting older people, as well as £500,000 to organisations helping people with disabilities. BAME Voice will receive over £203,000.00, a significant increase on the amount of funding previously received. Commonside Development Trust and the Association of Polish Families have also seen a large increase in their grants.  This recognises the important work they have done with the council, both during the Covid pandemic and more recently on the cost of living crisis.

Smaller groups and grass roots organisations will also benefit, receiving 30% of the total funding, whilst 15% of organisations have never received this funding previously. This provides both stability within the voluntary and community sector, and opportunities to explore new projects.

Councillor Eleanor Stringer, Cabinet Member for Civic Pride, said: “We’re delighted to be able to allocate the largest grant funding package for many years, to the highest number of successful organisations.

“Our voluntary and community sector is the heartbeat of the borough, who support our most vulnerable residents. This extra financial support shows our commitment to nurturing a strong sense of community and reducing inequalities.”

To further support and develop Merton’s small, volunteer and community organisations, the Civic Pride Fund will allocate £50,000pa over the three years of the programme, to smaller groups, enabling them to build opportunities and address challenges around infrastructure and capacity. This will be administered via Merton Giving, starting in April 2023.

The Civic Pride Fund decision report was published today (30 December) and is subject to a final process. Successful applicants will be notified by Thursday 5 January 2023.

Feedback will be offered to unsuccessful organisations, and the council will work in partnership with Merton Connected and BAME Voice to provide further support.

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NOTES TO EDITOR:

  • 20 organisations will be funded for 3 years – the largest amount of organisations funded via grants.
  • Out of the 20 organisations, 3 organisations haven’t received this funding previously.
  • Over £1million has been allocated to organisations that support older people.
  • Over £500,000 has been allocated to organisations that support people with disabilities and impairments.
  • £203,962.00 has been allocated to BAME Voice.