More than 3,500 grassroots organisations in Britain are set to receive a share of almost £17 million this year.
Local projects can apply for funding from the Postcode Society Trust which is for organisations operating in the south of England. Registered charities can apply for up to £20,000 of funding, which is available for both project-based and core costs.
Mr Merriman said: “Over the last year, countless local charities have stepped up to support our communities despite the pandemic making it extremely difficult to carry out normal fundraising activities.
“I very much hope many local charities will put themselves forward for this funding so they can carry out their outstanding work in our area.”
As a commitment to supporting smaller good causes, applications will only be accepted from organisations with an annual income of less than £1 million. Preference will be given to those with an income less than £500,000.
More information, including a funding guide and eligibility quiz, can be found on the trust’s website: www.postcodesocietytrust.org.uk