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FAQs

The Mercers’ Company is a membership organisation in the business of philanthropy. The purpose of Mercers Philanthropy is to:
Nurture aspirations and invest in opportunities to create positive change so that everyone has the potential to lead a fulfilling life.

The individual programme pages give details of projects we support. We are continuing to develop our strategy and at this stage we are open for grant applications for:

Young People & Education - The Positive Opportunities Fund; Early Years Special Initiative and Transitions Special Initiative.

Older People & Housing – The Wellbeing Initiative.

Church & Communities - We are currently pausing for applications to our Church and Communities programme. This is because we have already successfully funded a significant number of exciting initiatives that will deliver against our aims and priorities this year.

We would encourage you to keep an eye on our website for further information on how to apply for other initiatives: www.mercersphilanthropy.co.uk

Sorry but our main grants programmes are probably not for you.

We are only likely to accept applications from constituted, not for profit organisations with some experience of working in disadvantaged communities and with a track record of evaluating their work. Some local/regional grant makers or the Big Lottery Fund do make ‘Awards for All’ for newer or very small organisation

We tend to fund registered charities but are also open to applications from any inclusive not for profit organisations, including community groups, social enterprises, churches and other faith groups.

Organisations can either apply for project costs or core costs if the organisation’s primary purpose coincides with those described in the programme areas.

Please note that we do not support general appeals or give financial support for project or capital costs that have already been incurred.

Not unless specifically advertised.

Unfortunately not – our work is focused in the UK within specific geographical areas as described under each programme.

We do not tend to fund capital projects; most of our grants will be for project or core costs.

If children/young people are the focus of your work please apply to the Young People & Education programme.

If older people are the focus of your work please apply to the Older People & Housing programme.

If your application is for whole family activity in the community please apply under the Church & Communities programme.

Your organisation should have a reserves policy in place and we will review this as part of our assessment process. Applicants should be able to justify a large or small reserve if questioned.

Your application will be assessed by an experienced member of our team who will make a recommendation to the relevant Committee to make the final decision. We may seek further information by email, phone or arrange to visit you before an award is made.

You cannot apply for the same project but your organisation can re-apply for a different project or core funding.

We can provide limited feedback but we are a small team so regrettably are unable to provide a full report.

Our Wellbeing Initiative is open under Older People & Housing only. This is a rolling programme and applications can be submitted at any time.We aim to communicate decisions within four months of receiving proposals.

We would encourage you to keep an eye on our website for further information on how to apply for other initiatives: www.mercersphilanthropy.co.uk

Older People & Housing: Most awards will be between £10,000 and £50,000

Young People & Education: Under the Positive Opportunities Fund, grants are available for a total of £75,000 for up to three years (no more than £25,000 per year)

Church & Communities: Most awards will be between £10,000 and £100,000 over a maximum of three years.