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Issue:- 24 July 2014

Further bids invited for Mayors Hope Funding

A fresh round of applications for bids from the Mayor's Hope Fund, are being sought from local organisations helping people who are in poverty.  Since its launch in January 2014, the fund, which was set up by the Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has awarded over £31,783 in much needed grants to help local people. And following on from this success, more organisations that provide foodbank or similar services in Liverpool are now able to apply for grants. The aim of the Mayor's Hope Fund is to identify specific projects to enhance and grow the level of service that that each foodbank can provide. Examples could include creating storage space and distribution centres, recruiting and training volunteers and collecting and delivering food.  Mayor Joe Anderson said:- "Since I launched the Mayor's Hope Fund in January we have had a fantastic response and are now in a position to invite further applications from organisations that deliver such a valuable service. It really is heartwarming to see the impact that the funds so far have had and I hope we can continue to raise money and awareness to help those suffering in our City. These are incredibly tough times for people due to the austerity measures and unbelievably demand for our foodbanks is rising. Every penny raised will enable these vital foodbanks to invest in their infrastructure to meet the increasing need for their services and support the work of their volunteers who work so hard."

Application forms can be downloaded at via this link. People wanting to donate to the Mayor's Hope Fund can do so in the following ways:-

TEXT:- Either £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10. Text LMHF14 followed by the amount to 70070. So, to donate £1, text LMHF14 £1 to 70070

ONLINE:- At JustGiving.

For more information about The Mayor's Hope Fund, visit the official website.

Liverpool City Council receives £250,000 to give local sport a boost

A range of exciting activities to get people into sport will be developed in parts of Liverpool; thanks to £250,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England's Community Sport Activation Fund.  The Liverpool East Activity Programme (LEAP) run by Liverpool City Council is among 88 projects to receive a share of £15 million of funding to support grassroots sport activity across the country. The scheme is designed to get more young people aged over 14 in deprived areas taking part in physical activity.

The project team will work with local partners to target residents in Tuebrook and Stoneycroft, Kensington and Fairfield, Anfield, Knotty Ash, West Derby, Clubmoor and Old Swan who are living with, or at risk of developing, a long term health condition or engaging in anti-social behaviour.

The aim is to improve their health and wellbeing and life chances. The funding will enable the project to run for 3 years. Assistant Mayor, Councillor Wendy Simon, said:- "We are absolutely delighted to receive funding from the Community Sport Activation Fund. Getting people into sport helps give them something positive to do, improves fitness and encourages team building and social skills. We will be offering a selection of exciting activities such as kayaking, taekwondo and skateboarding as a way for people to get into sport, and encourage them to continue doing it in the long term."

Designed in response to local demand, the Community Sport Activation Fund allows local authorities, charities and other organisations to apply for funding for innovative projects that will get more people playing sport. Mike Diaper, Sport England Director of Community Sport, said:- "It's great to be working with innovative projects, like LEAP to offer people the chance to get into sport in a way that best suits them. The investment being made through the Community Sport Activation Fund is making a real difference at a very local level. I'm particularly pleased that more than half the funding is going into projects in deprived areas, helping more people develop a lifelong sporting habit."

The Community Sport Activation Fund is investing a total of £47.5 million of funding over five funding rounds across the country. Already 156 projects have shared in £27.2 million of funding over three rounds, receiving grants of between £50,000 and £250,000 to provide grassroots sport at a very local level.

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