Funding body information

Cheshire East Council

Middlewich Road
CW11 1HZ
0300 123 55 00

Point of contact:

Community Grants Team,


Cheshire East Council covers the areas of Congleton, Crewe and Nantwich. The council now provides a grant scheme that encompasses all areas, as opposed to the previous scheme that had individual departments in each area.

Community Grants Scheme

Funding is available from the Community Grant Scheme to support community groups, organisations and individuals wishing to improve the quality of life for local communities.

There are five categories of grants, of which there is one application form to be completed:

  • Facilities (up to £5,000) - Any buildings used for community purposes, open space areas, play areas
  • Activities (up to £1,000) - Any activities which contribute to the development and wellbeing of the community
  • First World War Commemoration Events (up to £1,000)- Any events that directly link to the commemoration of the First World War, which involve the wider community, such as street parties, fetes, etc.
  • Community Led Planning- Starter Grant (up to £250)- Initial start up costs of developing a community led planning group
  • Community Led Planning- Development Grant (up to £500)- Costs involved in the development of the community led plan and action plan.

Further details on the Community Grants Scheme, including application forms, guidelines and full eligibility criteria can be found through the following link: community grants scheme

Many local authorities are now moving away from grant-making and beginning to use commissioning as a way to distribute funding to the third sector. Local commissioners can be difficult to find and identify, however NAVCA have created a guide that may help: 'Finding your Commissioner'

Useful organisations:

Chester Voluntary Action:

Cheshire Community Action:

This website was relatively easy to use, with information on voluntary sector funding easy to find under the following path:

Council and Democracy-Community-Community Funds and Grants

The information provided here is kept continually up-to-date, with contact details, application forms and deadlines all provided.

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