What we will fund
Applications requesting funding for the following types of pre-merger feasibility work will be considered including:
- consultation with staff/beneficiaries/members/other stakeholders
- facilitation of discussions with the potential merger partner/s
- governance, planning, financial, legal, HR or communications advice
- formation of long-term, strategic collaborations with other organisations to enhance benficiaries' outcomes.
This is not an exhaustive list and we will consider any reasonable request for work that helps to make the decision whether or not to merge easier. If successful organisations require external assistance but do not have a particular consultant in mind, we may be able to help identify the most appropriate support.
Our funding should not be used for the costs associated with a merger once a firm decision is made to proceed. It is for organisations uncertain about what the decision might involve or those who need reassurance that a proposed merger makes sense.
The work of the merging organisations must fit within our five sectors; the arts, children and young people, environment, food, and social change. The Foundation's Exclusions still apply; if you come under any of these you will not be eligible for funding. You must also demonstrate that you have unrestricted reserves equivalent to at least three months’ running costs. This applies to all parties involved with the merger feasibility investigations.
Grants are made on a rolling basis and there are no deadlines.