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The Knowsley Foundation

About Us

The Knowsley Foundation aims to ensure Knowsley is a prosperous and thriving place to live, learn and work.

Our vision is to enrich the lives of people in and around Knowsley and through them create united, thriving and prosperous communities.

Our mission is to provide a united approach that will enable charitable grant-making and social investment that will best meet the needs of Knowsley's local communities.

The Foundation is a charitable and independent organisation which brings together private, public and voluntary sector partners to encourage and support social and economic development in the communities of Knowsley via charitable activities. We believe that we can have a greater social impact by working together in partnership.

We encourage local people, businesses and organisations to donate their money, time, goods, services and expertise to the Foundation in order to contribute to supporting local lives in Knowsley.

The Foundation acts as receiver and distributor of donations and new forms of social finance. For example, it benefits the wider Knowsley community by providing charitable grants to community groups and charities and also by providing funding to support the development of new social enterprises and initiatives. It also facilitates local volunteering, especially for local businesses.

The Foundation was created in March 2011 and launched in November 2011 by four founding partners: Knowsley Chamber of Commerce, Knowsley Council for Voluntary Service, Knowsley Council and the Community Foundation for Merseyside. The Founding Partnership was established to create this independent charitable Foundation, supported by a cross-sector partnership of private, public and voluntary sector stakeholders.

Our work

With your help the Knowsley Foundation aims to increase and encourage local social growth by:-

  • Working with local communities and charitable groups to ensure Knowsley is a prosperous and thriving place to live, learn and work;
  • Contributing to and supporting local lives and the local economy;
  • Creating links between the worlds of voluntary and charitable organisations with businesses in order to secure funding, volunteer time, and in-kind goods and services from across sectors to benefit Knowsley's communities;
  • Influencing key stakeholders and opinion formers for the benefit of Knowsley.

The Knowsley Foundation is a fund administered by Community Foundation for Merseyside, registered charity number 1068887, in collaboration with Knowsley Chamber of Commerce, Knowsley Council for Voluntary Service and Knowsley Council.

GIVE & GET INVOLVED

We encourage local people, businesses and organisations to donate their money, time, goods, services and expertise to the Foundation in order to contribute to supporting local lives in Knowsley.

We connect donors and organisations to Knowsley's community, and via their donations and funding provide grants and social finance to local groups, charities and social enterprises to help them enrich the lives of people in and around Knowsley and through them create united, thriving and prosperous communities.

Working with donors who are passionate and care about Knowsley, we offer a number of ways for them to give, including via endowment funds that will support future generations in Knowsley.

We work with organisations and donors to ensure that their giving to local causes is focussed, strategic and philanthropic. Those organisations and donors direct us on how they wish to give to Knowsley under the umbrella of the Knowsley Foundation. We work to achieve mutually beneficial partnerships and high impact charitable giving.

You can support the Knowsley Foundation in a number of ways, including:

  • Making a donation direct to us to further our work by sending a cheque to the address below or via a BACS transfer by contacting us;
  • Aligning your corporate social responsibility activities with the Foundation and work in partnership with us;
  • Donating online now at: www.justgiving.com/knowsleyfoundation;
  • Give to a local Knowsley community group via LocalGiving.com - visit: www.localgiving.com
  • Volunteering with us to provide non-financial support to Knowsley's communities;
  • Setting up your own charitable fund under the umbrella of the Knowsley Foundation to achieve your charitable aims in Knowsley whilst working in partnership with our Foundation;
  • Setting up your own charitable endowment for the Foundation's future and your long-term giving plans in Knowsley
  • Joining the Knowsley 50 Giving Club by donating £1,000 a year for three years and giving with like-minded people to priority social issues in Knowsley in a networking forum and professional environment.

Further Giving Information:

  • To make a donation, join Knowsley 50 Giving Club or to enquire about setting up a charitable fund with us, please call 0151 232 2416 / 2410 or email kfphilanthropy@cfmerseyside.org.uk.
  • Send donations by cheque to: The Knowsley Foundation, c/o Community Foundation for Merseyside, 3rd Floor, Stanley Buildings, 43 Hanover Street, Liverpool L1 3DN
  • For corporate social responsibility information and advice, please contact the Community Foundation on 0151 232 2416 / 2410 or email kfphilanthropy@cfmerseyside.org.uk or contact Knowsley Chamber of Commerce on 0151 477 1356 or at sheila.toft@knowsleychamber.org.uk.

APPLY & GAIN SUPPORT

Funding Available

There are varied funding opportunities available with the Knowsley Foundation via commissioned programmes and philanthropic funds.

Making an Application

Potential applicants should make a formal application for funding using an online application form available.  All applications will be assessed based on an agreed scoring system that links directly to Knowsley's social and community needs.  The Foundation does not make grants in response to unsolicited applications and does not make grants to individuals.

If you have any queries about making an application or your application's progress, please contact us on 0151 232 2444 or at kfapplications@cfmerseyside.org.uk.

Standard Funding Criteria

Any application for funding for charitable activities to the Knowsley Foundation must comply with the following standard criteria:

  • applicants have at least a constitution, a bank account and independently examined accounts for grants over £250, or a set of rules, a bank account and an income/expenditure statement for grants under £250;
  • priority is given to particularly innovative causes;
  • applicants demonstrate value for money, deliverability and accountability;
  • recipients spend their awards within six months of receipt;
  • recipients are willing to provide impact evaluations and be monitored;
  • funding is not granted to / for:

- statutory agencies, private businesses, political bodies;

- political activities;

- purchase or maintenance of motor vehicles;

- payment of debt;

- retrospective expenditure;

- social events (other than where there are clear charitable benefits).

LocalGiving.com

Community groups and charities can set up their own online fundraising activities via LocalGiving.com with the support of the website and the Community Foundation. To set up your own community group webpage and start to receive online donations, including Gift Aid, visit: www.localgiving.com.

VOLUNTEER

You can volunteer with the Knowsley Foundation's via the Knowsley CVS Volunteer Centre. The Centre on behalf of the Foundation aims to place people who want to volunteer with the right organisation or opportunity and to provide support to organisations wishing to establish volunteer programmes.

There are hundreds of opportunities on our database which is linked to the national Do-it website, so there's a good chance there will be something to interest every volunteer! Via the Knowsley CVS Volunteer Centre we develop relationships with local volunteer involving organisations and partners to increase the range and diversity of opportunities and share best practice.

What we offer:

  • Brokerage service matching volunteers with opportunities
  • Advice and information on volunteering for individuals including a fortnightly drop-in service and confidential interviews
  • Information, training and support for organisations who recruit and manage volunteers
  • Policy development and advice on best practice
  • Training for volunteer involving organisations
  • Promotion and development of volunteering locally

To volunteer with the Foundation, please call 0151 489 1222, email volunteercentre@knowsleycvs.org or visit: www.knowsleycvs.org.uk/volunteer-centre

FURTHER INFORMATION

The Founding Partners

Knowsley Chamber of Commerce: The Chamber acts as a facilitator to introduce small, medium and large businesses to the Foundation, and encourage them to become partners so that their donations will act as a catalyst for change and achieve the Foundation's vision. Further information on the Chamber can be found at: www.knowsleychamber.org.uk

Knowsley Council for Voluntary Service (KCVS): KCVS supports Knowsley's voluntary and community sector through constitutional support for applicants, representative of the local Voluntary Sector, developer of the local Volunteer Centre and facilitator of volunteering for Chamber of Commerce members.  The organisation assists with outreach support for the Foundation and assists community and voluntary groups in seeking additional sources of funding, working with CFM. Further information on KCVS can be found at: www.knowsleycvs.org.uk

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council (KMBC): As a democratic organisation with a community leadership role for Knowsley, KMBC acts as a coordinator of public funding and partnership working in the Borough. The Council works to ensure the Foundation can maximise the value it adds to enabling social growth in the area and helps ensure that any available funding contributes to the Boroughs agreed outcomes. Further information on KMBC can be found at: www.knowsley.gov.uk

Community Foundation for Merseyside (CFM): As Merseyside's Philanthropy Centre CFM seeks and encourages donations to the Foundation and strategic philanthropy in Knowsley for the benefit of its local communities.

The trustees of CFM administer the Foundation as a Fund and act as sole corporate trustee of any endowment funds received. The Fund appears as a restricted fund in CFM's accounts. The Fund appears in the accounts of CFM who reports and accounts to Companies House and the Charity Commission as required. Further information on CFM can be found at: www.cfmerseyside.org.uk

Founding Partnership Activities

The Founding Partnership was established to create this independent charitable Foundation supported by a cross-sector partnership of private, public and voluntary sector stakeholders. This long-term partnership will source resources in order to achieve the aims of the Knowsley Foundation by securing funding, volunteer time, influence of opinion formers and in-kind goods and services from across sectors.

The Knowsley Foundation's Sustainability

It is hoped that endowment funds via donations can be raised for the Knowsley Foundation in the medium to long term to ensure a permanent financial resource for the Knowsley Foundation and ultimately, Knowsley's communities.

Informed by Local Social Data

The Knowsley Foundation is guided in its work by a compilation of local social data to ensure that it has the greatest impact for the benefit of Knowsley's communities and achieves its mission and vision. Data is collated via a number of sources including Local Futures, Knowsley Council, Knowsley Council for Voluntary Service members and research, Knowsley Chamber of Commerce members and Community Foundation for Merseyside grant recipients and research. An example of this is the Community Foundation's Local Social Needs Analysis for Knowsley which can be down-loaded here (insert pdf).

Decision-Making on Funding

The Knowsley Foundation's funding decisions are made by independent panels of local people, donors and/or experts, selected or nominated by the Founding Partners or donors, who are facilitated by the Community Foundation for Merseyside. The panels operate in accordance with the Foundation's Fund Administration Guidelines agreed by the Founding Partners. It is our policy to award funding to organisations that have made a formal application for funding that fulfils the requirements of the relevant programme or fund under the umbrella of the Foundation. Applications for funding from the Foundation shall be made in a form to be determined and recommended by the independent panels, and ratified and approved by the Trustees of the Community Foundation.

The Knowsley Foundation's Legal Status

The Knowsley Foundation is a fund administered by Community Foundation for Merseyside, registered charity number 1068887, in collaboration with Knowsley Chamber of Commerce, Knowsley Council for Voluntary Service, Knowsley Council. The fund is restricted to application in the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley for the benefit of its communities and inhabitants.

CONTACT US

For application and funding enquiries, please call 0151 232 2444 or email kfapplications@cfmerseyside.org.uk.

For general enquiries about the Foundation, please call 0151 232 2444.