Funding body information

Cheshire West and Chester Council

Cheshire West and Chester Council
58 Nicholas Street
0300 123 8123

Point of contact:

Pete Davidson, Grants Programme Officer, 01244973753,
Rural Support Team, 01244 977475,


Rural Support Grant

At present, Chester City Council operates a Rural Support Grant which provides funding between £2,000 and £20,000 to local, community and voluntary sector organisations.

For more information please see: Funding criteria for Rural Support Programme.

In terms of making an enquiry with the Council in relation to third sector funding, the most logical route in is through contacting Partnerships and Area Working team who monitor and evaluate the Council's third sector funding agreements. Within this team there is a Grants Officer, Pete Davidson, who takes enquiries from voluntary sector groups looking for funding from the council and can signpost organisations on to the relevant directorate.

The council also runs a discretionary pot of funding, the 'Members Devolved Budget', whereby elected members are given £5,000 each to distribute to causes in their communities. This fund is not widely or formally publicised. To find our further information on this fund contact the council's Grants Officer (as mentioned above) or Helen Davis on 01244 976989.

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'

Voluntary Sector Funding Pages:

Voluntary and Community Sources

Useful organisations:

Chester Voluntary Action

This website was fairly easy to use, with information on voluntary sector funding found under the 'Third Sector' section, under 'Partnerships and Area Working'.

However, the information provided on this page is very basic; a lot of contextual detail is given around what the 'Third Sector Development Unit' does, in terms of where its funding is distributed, but no descriptions are given of funding programmes available. Unfortunately, the current situation in third sector funding is also not made clear on this page which, even in a brief format, would be useful information for third sector organisations in Cheshire West and Chester.

However, during our research we made contact with the Grants Officer in the Partnerships Team, who was very helpful, forthcoming with information and was able to give us a clear explanation of how funding is distributed to voluntary sector groups from Chester City Council.

Links are also provided from this section to other useful pages, such as the local compact, local area agreement, Third Sector Strategy and Cheshire and Warrington Social Enterprise Partnership.

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