Bids invited for Liverpool's millions

Liverpool City Council is inviting voluntary and community groups to bid for grants from a £4.2m fund.

The three-year grant stream will run from April 2008 to April 2011 and will support voluntary organisations working in areas such as community legal advice, domestic violence and strengthening the voluntary sector itself.

About 80 organisations have been funded under the existing three-year scheme, launched in 2005. During the past financial year they have helped to recover £4.3m in welfare benefits arrears, provided 36,000 meals for elderly people and recruited 700 volunteers.

Councillor Flo Clucas, chair of the council’s voluntary sector panel, said: “We recognise the valuable role the sector plays in regenerating the local community. The information provided by the organisations we have funded over the past three years demonstrates that the existing programme has been an outstanding success.”

Liverpool City Council gives £7.6m in total to voluntary, cultural and educational organisations. It says this is one of the largest grant programmes of any local authority in the UK.

“Unfortunately we don’t have a bottomless pit of money, but I can assure people that every single application will be carefully scrutinised and everyone will be given the chance to put their case,” said Clucas.

Groups have until 15 October to apply.

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