Austin Smith Small Grants Fund

Opening date: Monday 1st October 2018.
Closing date: Friday 19th October 2018 at 12.00 noon.

In its sixth successful year, and having funded over 200 grass roots organisations, Liverpool City Council and the Passionist Order who work in partnership to support the communities are opening the above grant funding programme.

The grant fund is for grass root community groups with projects that benefit people in the Princes Park, Riverside and Picton wards. The Fund was set up in the memory of Austin Smith, a Passionist priest and community activist who dedicated his time to serving the local community and was the founding father of the L8 Law Centre, who appropriated the Austin Smith grant funded programme.

Father Austin died in March 2011 leaving a legacy to be proud of.


What is the amount of grant available?

You will be able to apply for a grant up to £350 per organisation.

Who can apply?

Small not for profit community groups who help residents in and around the Picton, Riverside and Princes Park areas. Previous grant applicants can apply however precedence will be given to new applications.

What you will need to apply

  • a governing document (we can help you set one up so you are to be eligible for the grant)
  • a bank account in the name of the organisation with two unrelated cheque signatories (do not send details in with application)

For more information on the above, please contact, 0151 233 7020.

What the grants are to be used for?

Here are some ideas but the purpose of the fund is broad and a wide range of community activities can be considered.

  • help start, new small projects and activities
  • youth activities/projects
  • contribute towards the running of an event, festival or other special occasion which will promote community involvement
  • groups who deliver inter-generational activities especially those which may reduce isolation
  • projects that will develop stronger communities and people working together to tackle issues in their neighbourhood
  • projects that have long-lasting benefits

Small grants will not be awarded for the following:

  • applications from individuals
  • staff salaries and management costs
  • purchase of vehicles/IT equipment
  • general appeals/fundraising/overseas travel
  • schools/registered social landlords
  • purchase or consumption of alcohol

How to apply

If you need any further information please contact Tracy Marshall 0151 233 7020, or email