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.
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 www.cheshireeast.gov.uk and look in the Community and Living section.
Sandbach Today - £178
Macclesfield Music Society - £250
Congleton Musical Theatre - £250
Macclesfield Art Group - £250
Valley Green/Beech Drive Project - £250
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
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