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Funding for community initiatives

There are funding streams available to help community initiatives play their part in the coordinated community response, which is being organised by the Council, Cheshire West Voluntary Action (CWVA) and the rest of the community and voluntary sector.

If you are a local charity or community group and would like to share your current activities, please email: enquiries@chesterva.org.uk. Businesses wanting to get involved with the community response can also email the same address.

The Council's Community Response Fund

The Council has set up a Community Response Fund worth £500,000 to offer community organisations emergency funding so they can respond to issues as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19).

£250,000 has been put into the fund by the Council and an extra £250,000 has been donated by the Westminster Foundation.

You can apply if you are:

  • any group based in Cheshire West and Chester
  • a voluntary organisation, community group, small charity or other not-for-profit-organisation.

Applications for the Community Response Fund will be considered from groups that show they are providing a service or initiative that benefits others in their community in response to this emergency. The Council is unlikely to provide grants for individuals, businesses and sporting organisations and all applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Any grants over £500 will be considered, but it is expected most grants will be around £2,000. To access an application form, community initiatives will need to email: chesterlocality@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk. They will then be able to complete the application form and return it to the same email address.

The Community Response Fund is unable to fund personal protective equipment (PPE).

Cheshire and Warrington COVID-19 Response Fund

Donations can now be made to the Cheshire and Warrington COVID-19 Response Fund, which is being organised by Cheshire Community Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that raises funds to support hundreds of small charities and voluntary groups across the whole of Cheshire and Warrington.

The fund will prioritise funding to charitable projects across the county that are supporting people affected by the virus, helping to keep them safe and supported in their homes and reducing pressure on the NHS.

Funding could help towards providing activities that help vulnerable people self isolating, coordinating community response and supporting volunteers, and increasing capacity for organisations providing emergency support, such as food banks or benefits advice.

Many people and businesses will be struggling financially, but those whose would like to support the fund can donate now.

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