Hill Dickinson Foundation Tower Hamlets Programme

Community Foundations for Merseyside

Relevent Country: United Kingdom

The Community Foundations for Merseyside has announced the Hill Dickinson Foundation Tower Hamlets Programme to make a positive contribution to the communities in which the firm operates by supporting local grassroots organisations and projects.
Fund Priorities
  • Homelessness, food poverty, mental health and employability (access to work).
To support projects that:
  • tackle the issues of homelessness (cause or effect)
  • seek to alleviate food poverty, and/or contribute towards food security in a sustainable way
  • assist those suffering from ill mental health and or encourage positive mental wellbeing, including for people with Neurodivergent conditions and for people living with disabilities.
  • support access to work for those who have either found themselves unemployed or are aspiring to rejoin the workforce through other reasons
Funding Information
  • The maximum amount you can apply for is £2,500.  The total budget available is £10,000 therefore they expect to provide between 4 – 6 grants across Tower Hamlets.
Eligible Projects

Examples of the sorts of projects that may be funded:
  • Projects that offer advice and guidance to people at risk of homelessness
  • Peer mentoring projects that focus on improving mental health and wellbeing
  • Confidence building and education sessions to homeless people to help them move on and gain employment
  • Drop-in center’s for homeless people
  • Food banks and social supermarket projects
  • Support groups and helpline/counselling services for people with mental health issues
  • Projects that look to achieve a positive mind-set change around mental health, e.g. self-confidence and or awareness raising projects
  • Projects that offer advice and guidance for people who have become unemployed
  • Confidence building and education sessions to those who have become unemployed
  • Projects to offer mock interviews or retraining opportunities to those who are unemployed
  • Employability projects across the board
Which areas are covered?
  • London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Eligibility Criteria
  • The programme is aimed at small grassroots groups with an income level of under £200,000.
  • Hill Dickinson would prefer to fund a specific project and be the principal funder rather than a contributor towards a much larger project cost.
  • The organisation needs to have a permanent local presence or branch in Merseyside/Lancashire that delivers projects and services for people in the area. There should be a local management team and be able to provide evidence of income and expenditure for activity in Merseyside/Lancashire rather than national accounts.
  • They only consider CIC’s limited by Guarantee and they require at least three Directors to be in place and they must be unrelated.
  • There are limited funding streams available for individuals to apply in specific boroughs of Lancashire and Merseyside.

The following items cannot be supported via the fund:
  • Statutory organisations or work that is their responsibility
  • National organizations that cannot demonstrate local governance and control of local finances
  • Private Businesses or Companies Limited by Shares
  • Organisations with fewer than three unrelated Trustees/Directors/Management Committee members
  • Commercial ventures
  • Purchase/maintenance of vehicles