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Saturday, 4 August 2012

Grants help unlock further money for local communities


Council grants of nearly £80,000 have helped community groups in Cheshire East access more than £1.6m of funding.

The Council’s community grants scheme helped more than 170 groups between 2011-2012.

Some of the larger grants are applied for by groups who want to carry out ambitious regeneration projects that will provide a lasting benefit to the local community.

They use the community grants as part of larger funding bids to third party organisations, such as the Lottery or Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd (WREN).

The total cost of projects that the Council supported in the last year ran to £1,648,607.

Examples are:

Chelford Parish Plan Team

The group successfully applied for a community grant of £3,000 to help deliver a multi-use games area, new play equipment for older children, an improved grass playing field, landscaped family area and a cycleway. The total cost of the project was more than £58,000 but the money from Cheshire East helped them successfully secure funding of over £53,000 from the Lottery and Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd (WREN).

St Peter’s Church Hall, Elworth, Sandbach

St Peter’s Church approached the Council for £3,000 to help fund a new church hall after the previous building was destroyed by a fire. This money, along with grants from Sandbach Town Council and the Round Table, helped unlock £51,000 of extra funding. 

St Paul’s Centre, Crewe

The centre was planning to carry out building work on the facility to create conference rooms and office space that could be used by new-start businesses in the town, as well as community groups. The centre successfully applied for a community grant of £3,000 and the project’s total cost was £48,000. The grant helped them secure £15,000 from a charitable trust, which along with their own funds, enabled work to start on the project.

Councillor David Brown, Cabinet member in charge of strategic communities, said: “Community grants provide a lifeline for many local groups who simply wouldn’t be able to survive without our support.

“What is really impressive about these figures is that they show how much money can be ‘unlocked’ by relatively small community grants.

“It shows what good work can be achieved by the Council working closely with community groups and partners.

“Applying for a community grant is very easy to do and I hope that other groups will be persuaded to do so in the future.”

For more information on Community Grants go to and look in the Community and Living section.

Recent Grants

Events Grant

Sandbach Today - £178

Macclesfield Music Society - £250

Congleton Musical Theatre - £250

Macclesfield Art Group - £250

Valley Green/Beech Drive Project - £250

Activities Grant

Crewe Alexandra Ladies FC - £250

Macclesfield and District Canoe Club - £240

Parkrun Congleton - £250

Crewe Central Table Tennis Club - £500

Brereton Parish Community Interest Group - £500

Haslington Methodist Church - £500

Congleton Shop Mobility - £200

Middlewich Clean Team - £250

Nantwich Town FC - £250

The Georges Mums and Tots Group - £500

Facilities Grant

Wrenbury Village Hall Trust - £1,500

St John's Methodist Church, Willaston - £1,250

Sandbach Almshouse Charity - £1,000

The Wingate Special Children's Trust - £3,000

Alderley Edge Scout and Guide Council - £1,500

Middlewich Community Pride - £2,500

Silk Heritage Trust - £2,750

Nantwich Museum - £1,500

Viadance - £1,750

Matrix Cheer Squad - £1,500

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