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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Community grants to raise aspirations across borough

 

Community organisations across the borough have been given a boost of almost £50,000 by Cheshire East Council after the latest round of community grant funding was announced.

A total of 19 voluntary, community and faith sector organisations were awarded a total of £47,387 in the latest round of community grant funding.

The funding was awarded to successful applicants from a broad range of community groups across Cheshire East, including. Macclesfield Seals Disabled Swimming Club, Barthomley Village Hall and Sandbach Community Football Centre.

Macclesfield Seals were awarded £800 to celebrate their 60th anniversary next year with an event at Macclesfield Town Hall. The event will be used to recruit new volunteers.

Sandbach Community Football Centre is looking to increase its usage during the evenings and at weekends. A £4,000 grant has been given to the centre by Cheshire East, which will be used to make a significant improvement to their grass pitch. This will increase sporting opportunities for all users of the facility and allow members to hold more community events.

Councillor Paul Bates, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for communities and health, said: “It was very satisfying to see such a broad spectrum of the community represented and successfully apply for funding.

“The best part is yet to come – and that is seeing it all in action. I am passionate about seeing a healthier and more active aspiration in our local communities and this commitment comes through strongly in this latest round of funding.

“I wish all our community groups the very best of luck in realising their ambitions.”

If you are involved in a community group and have a specific reason to seek funding, please get your application in early by registering your project at: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/communitygrant

The closing date for the next round of applications is December 30.

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