Merton Giving Coronavirus Response, Resilience & Recovery Fund – February/March Update


It’s grant update time! The Merton Giving Corona Fund panel met earlier this month and awarded 5 more grants. From this round of funding, they’ve now allocated a total of 21 grants to help charities support our local #Merton community.

Next application deadline: 24th February to meet 10th March panel!

To read about the Coronavirus Response, Resilience and Recovery fund, find out whether your organisation qualifies, and how to apply, visit: Merton Giving RRR Fund.


Archived Updates on the Merton Giving Coronavirus Fund (Phase 2)

We are pleased to announce that Merton Giving continues to support the local community through Phase 2 of the Merton Giving Coronavirus Fund – Response, Resilience and Recovery.

Merton Giving has launched a second phase of funding support for local charitable organisations through the Merton Giving Coronavirus Fund with a focus on Response, Resilience and RecoveryApplications have opened on Monday 16th November.

The fund is designed to support organisations working locally to benefit Merton residents in their response, resilience and recovery with an opening fund total of £200,000 with sizeable donations from founding donors including Merton Council, Wimbledon Foundation and Clarion Futures, the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group, who has pledged a donation through the Clarion Merton Community Panel and Clarion Futures Communities.  The fund can also access the MVSC 2025 Fund.

This is the second phase of grant funding made available since the COVID-19 Pandemic and follows the first phase which, over a period of 6 months, awarded £210,000 to over 70 local charitable organisations impacted by COVID-19 the benefit of which reached at least 6,500 Merton residents.

Each of the funders has specific requirements in relation to the allocation of their funds and themes have therefore been introduced for applications. 

The themes are;

Supporting those facing Disproportionate Impact

Organisations supporting people and communities who experience disproportionate impact and difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Supporting our Vulnerable Residents

Organisations providing services and support for vulnerable people, for which there will be increased demand as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Connecting our Communities

Organisations which connect and support communities to work together to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Diana Sterck, Chair of Merton Giving said,

Merton Giving moved quickly and efficiently to ensure that grant funding was made available to support local organisations as the pandemic hit.  We are appreciative that our founding donors have seen the value in our collaborative funding approach and have committed to making further generous donations which will enable us to support more local charitable organisations and residents.

The Merton Giving Coronavirus Fund is administered by founding partner Merton Voluntary Service Council (MVSC).  The grant funding team will continue to work to make decisions and allocate funding as quickly as possible to provide Merton organisations with financial support. 

Full details regarding the Fund, including guidance, how to apply and to submit an application can be found here.

About Merton Giving

Merton Giving is a charitable partnership between Merton Chamber of Commerce and Merton Voluntary Services Council, supported by Merton Council.  Launched in 2018 to provide a focal point for local giving Merton Giving encourages people and businesses to give money, time or in-kind support.  To date, Merton Giving has allocated three rounds of grant funding distributing over £240,000 to over 100 charitable organisations working locally.  These small grants provided for local charities have an enormous impact for borough residents.

Merton Giving is an initiative from MVSC registered charity number 1085867 and Merton Chamber of Commerce, supported by Merton Council.

Merton Giving is funded by the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust.

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