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Our Arts | Culture | Sports Fund is designed to unlock the potential of thousands of young people across the region by giving them the chance to gain valuable skills and qualifications, build their confidence and make positive decisions for the future.

We know that by investing in our young people, by giving them safe, positive, fun opportunities, we can prevent them from getting involved in trouble and help them to reach their full potential.

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Charities and organisations are invited to submit bids for up to £15,000 of funding for projects focused on engaging and supporting young people in arts, culture and sport.

The Arts | Culture | Sport Fund is administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside, (CFM) on behalf of the MVRP. CFM holds funds from individuals and organisations as donors who wish to support deserving causes in Merseyside.

Please note, this fund is currently closed.

Successful organisations – November 2023

Music making, drama workshops, boxing, yoga, and knife crime interventions are just some of the activities set to be delivered by the 18 charities, organisations and community groups who benefitted from a share of more than £200,000 from the Fund in November 2023. 

Read more about this round of funding.


  • Cells Project CIC – £9,560 to continue award winning project KidsKast where children interview people who have succeeded and struggled in life, exploring important topics.
  • Knowsley Vale Amateur Boxing Club – £10,532 to deliver boxing and mental heath support to young people aged 13-17 for 40 weeks.
  • Shakespeare North Trust – £12,705 to work with young people to redesign the piazza through discussion and workshops.


  • Autism in Motion – £12,060 to provide age-appropriate SEN activities to 11–25-year-olds including abseiling, kayaking, boxing, yoga, dance, and drama plus education on different types of exploitation and what to do if it happens to them.
  • Beautiful New Beginnings – £15,000 to provide anger management support to parents and 1-2-1 counselling for children. Activities also include yoga and paddle boarding.
  • Capoeira For All CIC – £14,870 to provide workshops for 11–17-year-olds based around sport, art and culture with a hackathon brainstorming event to develop ideas and solve problems.
  • Toxteth El8te – £8,897 to provide fitness sessions targeted to specific age groups, preventing ASB and developing positive relationships.
  • Unity Community Association – £5,838 to deliver a 12-week project using art and sport to tackle the topic of domestic violence with young people.


  • The Inclusive Hub CIC – £14,600 to work with a cohort of 16–20-year-olds to discourage anti-social behaviour.
  • Community By Nature – £14,600 providing a forest school themed experience as early intervention for children regarding knife crime. Also, education on safety and the use of tools in a safe and controlled environment and family fun days and a rural residential trip.
  • North Mersey ABC Sporting Club – £6,210 to provide 7 boxing sessions a week.

St Helens

  • People Empowered CIC – £14,790 to work with 350 10-25-year-olds delivering targeted diversionary activities, building relationships through 1-2-1 mentoring and support.
  • Hip Hop CIC – £4,790 to deliver crime awareness hip hop workshops to year 6 and secondary school pupils.
  • Maximum Edge CIC – £14,980 to provide workshops, 1-2-1 coaching and outreach to 130 children and adults aged 13-25 with additional support for families.


  • Future Yard CIC – £14,996 to engage with young people through live music and music making activities. A limited number of work experience places available through sound checking.
  • Utopia Project CIC – £14,455 to provide activities and support to neurodivergent individuals at risk of becoming involved in criminality or being harmed including 1-2-1 therapy through arts and sports.
  • Tranmere Rovers in the Community – £15,000 offering leisure activities including football tournaments to improve mental and physical health.
  • Open Door Charity – £14,267 for weekly targeted diversionary activities for hard-to-reach young people.

Successful organisations – February 2023

More than 8,500 young people had the chance to benefit from a whole range of activities and projects run by 20 grassroots organisations who received a share of this Fund in February 2023, gaining qualifications in mental health awareness and first aid, learning digital skills, photography and acting and taking part in dance workshops, street arts sessions and sports camps.

Read more about this round of funding here.

The successful organisations include:

  • Alt Valley Community Trust (Croxteth)
  • Apollo Sports Club CIC (Halewood)
  • Autism Adventures Training (Speke)
  • Behind Bars (Birkenhead, Bidston and St James)
  • Brunswick Youth and Community (Linacre)
  • Centre 63 (Whitefield, Cherryfield, Shevington and Northwood)
  • Community Capacity Builders (Leasowe, Moreton, Seacombe, Bidston)
  • Evolving Mindset CIC (Prescot Town Centre)
  • Future Yards CIC (Birkenhead and Tranmere)
  • Maximum Edge (St Helens town centre and Parr)
  • Methodist Centre (Princes Park)
  • Netherton Park Community Association (Netherton)
  • People Empowered CIC (St Helens town centre, Parr and Prescot)
  • Rotunda Inclusive (Kirkdale)
  • Saints Community Development Foundation (St Helens)
  • Torus Foundation (Princes Park)
  • Tranmere Rovers in the Community – TRIC (Bidston and St James)
  • Utopia Project (Birkenhead, Tranmere, Bidston and St James)
  • Venus (Linacre)
  • Women’s Enterprising Breakthrough – WEB (Birkenhead)