Funding body information

Warrington Borough Council

Warrington Borough Council
New Town House
Buttermarket Street
01925 443322

Point of contact:

Lyn Mullen, Application Coordinator, 01925 256908,


Community Chest

Grants are available to community groups such as residents or community association, charities, third sector (voluntary) organisations, not for profit organisations. Applications from departments of the Council focussed on working with communities in Warrington may also be also be considered by the panel, where the community of benefit is working closely with the service to develop its capacity.
Applications from profit making organisations will not be considered. Applications are accepted for projects that are accessible, benefit the local community, demonstrate value for money and contribute to a positive quality of life for local people and residents of Warrington. In order to develop innovative projects priority will be given to projects or groups that have not applied in previous years.

Only one application per organisation may be submitted in any financial year.

Applications must be made on the application form appropriate to this fund as issued by the Council, and all relevant sections must be completed.

Further information on how to apply and criteria can be found in the following links: 'Community Chest Application Form' and 'Criteria and Guidance.'

The Local Fund

The Local Fund can fund projects by community groups that help deliver the area plan.

The project will need to meet at least one of the following priorities:

  • To reduce social isolation
  • To maximize household income
  • To promote health and wellbeing
  • To build community cohesion
  • To increase community capacity and resilience

Applications for the Local Fund East, West and South are now closed for 2015.

Deadlines for applications for Local Fund South are 25 June 2015, 03 September 2015, 29 October 2015, 14 January 2016, & 10 March 2016.

Please check the following links for future updates: Local Fund East; Local Fund West; Local Fund South; Local Fund Central

Warrington Older People's Grant Programme

Grants of up to £5,000 will be available to voluntary and community organisations interested in running projects which will involve and benefit older people (over the age of 50) who live in Warrington. The programme is ran by Cheshire Community Foundation and supported by Warrington Borough Council.

Further information can be found at on the Cheshire Community Foundation website.

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'

Warrington Borough Council does not have a central voluntary sector unit and instead, advertises its grant schemes on the 'Stronger Together in Warrington' website.

The site has a brief description of four funds, including contact details and grant limits, however the information published has not been updated since the beginning of our research in January 2009, rendering many details out-of-date.

However, all contact details relating to the funds are correct and each department was very helpful when contacted during the research.

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