The Rob Ferguson Fund

Want to make a difference to your community ?

Think you have a great idea but no funds to get your project up and running ? We want to hear from you…

The Rob Ferguson fund is a programme that offers funds to individuals and groups working in MSV’s communities and neighbourhoods. This fund offers cash and direct support to initiatives that improve people's lives and the places where they live.

Eligibility criteria

Through MSV Housing Association, the Rob Ferguson Fund has been made available to individuals, constituted and non constituted groups working in MSV communities and neighbourhoods. This fund offers cash and direct support to initiatives that improve the health and wellbeing of people's lives and the places where they live. Projects must be delivered in the area identified and should be community led.

  • Funding may not be applied for which would promote any religious or political cause.
  • Funding may not be applied for which would go towards the general running costs, e.g. utility bills, maintenance and repair of assets, etc.
  • Bidding organisations do not need to be constituted, but will need their own group account or nominate a recognised organisation e.g. (Church, Community Centre, School) to act as a banker.
  • The grant must be spent within 12 months but the activities can continue afterwards.
  • You can apply for Rob Ferguson Fund once within any 24 month period – this will be calculated from the date of your last successful funding application

What sorts of projects receive funding?

There have been some amazing projects taking place over the years, and we are open to your ideas…

  • Green up where you live - this could range from growing your own food to creating a garden that’s worthy of a ‘Britain in Bloom’ award.
  • Reaching out to the isolated and vulnerable - Like the elderly and young people living on their own.
  • Improve safety in your neighbourhood through an activity for young people that releases their potential.
  • Improve health - through things like armchair fitness classes, a community boot camp, a sports event or an outdoor pursuit.
  • Bringing people together - it could be the old and young, it could be different community groups. The end result is the same. Building a stronger, happier, harmonious place for people to thrive
  • Tackle poverty - You can cook & eat healthy on a budget.
  • Get skills and improve individual capability.
  • Improve life chances or peoples wellbeing.
  • Step up through employment, entrepreneurship and training.

How much can I apply for?

We approve projects of up to £1,000.  All applications will be assessed on individual merit.

What happens next?

Following receipt, applications will be assessed for eligibility against the criteria. We may contact you for additional information. Constituted groups will be required to submit a copy of the constitution or governing document. Eligible projects will be required to complete a ‘Conditions of Acceptance’ form and once the project is complete, complete an ‘End of Fund’ form which will be monitored against your aims and objectives and promoted as good news for all MSV customers.

Contact us

For further information, help and assistance, or to submit a hard copy of the application form, please contact the Community and Wellbeing Project Team on 01204 794 951 or email:   


...Submit your project...

What’s the name of your project?*
What’s the name of your Organisation?*
Who can we contact?
Name: *
Which MSV area does your idea connect to?*
Provide a brief and clear description of your Project* Include number of individuals fund will aim to benefit

150 word(s) remaining
WHY is it important that this project is supported and HOW will it benefit MSV customers & community*

100 word(s) remaining
Please indicate which of the Rob Ferguson priorities your project meets:*
WHICH area(s) and specifically WHO will benefit from the project ?*
WHO else will be involved and HOW will they support the project* (Community, Local Groups, Clubs, Associations etc.)

100 word(s) remaining
How much will your project cost?*
Provide a full financial breakdown showing proposed expenditure in the table below:
Basis of Costing (e.g. quote, hire cost etc.) Amount £
Accommodation/Room Hire
Staff Expenses
Please provide details of funding from other sources
indicating whether it has been applied for or acquired relating to this project.
Before returning this application form, make sure you...
Check the criteria to ensure you are eligible to apply?
Provided details of your Organisation and Project?
Provided a clear description of the aims of the project and why it should be supported?
Explained partnership involvement and not simply provided names?
Provided a breakdown of the Project budget?
Completed ALL the sections of the Application Form?
Have relevant Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks /or safeguarding policies in place – if you work with vulnerable adults/young children
Have Public Liability Insurance in place (minimum £10million)
The Project Group will be required to provide an end of Fund evaluation form including before, during and after photographs
Conditions and declarations
  • I hereby certify that the information contained in this application form is accurate, and acknowledge that in the event of a Grant being made, the application form and guidance notes will be the basis of a binding agreement.
  • The Project Group MUST be able to answer any queries relating to the project if required.
  • The decision of the Panel is final.
  • Any award made will be used ONLY for purposes for which it is granted.
  • That no funding from other sources will be received for those items detailed in the Application Form which would constitute double funding.
  • All funding must be spent within 12 months.
  • You have not previously applied for Rob Ferguson Fund within any 24 month period – this will be calculated from the date of your last successful funding application.
  • We will send an End of Fund form within one month of the project end date.
  • Any unspent monies MUST be returned in the form of a cheque payable to MSV Housing Association.
  • I understand that failure to comply with the above requirements may result in the recovery of monies paid.

Fields marked with * are required.

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