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Thursday, 23 February 2017

Community grants raise aspirations across borough

 

Community organisations across the borough have been given a boost of more than £35,000 by Cheshire East Council after the latest round of community grant funding was announced.

A total of 24 voluntary, community and faith sector organisations have just benefited by £35,560.

The funding was awarded to successful applicants from a broad range of community groups across Cheshire East, including. Cheshire Wildlife Trust, Evolve: Tackling Substance Abuse, The Barnby Choir in Wilmslow and Macclesfield Garden Festival.

Cheshire Wildlife Trust was awarded £4,000 for a new hub, allowing them to transport tools for their work parties from their headquarters in Malpas to the 20 nature reserves they manage in Cheshire East.

Macclesfield Garden Festival wants to work with schools, businesses and artists to work on the ‘Yarn Tree project’. A £750 grant has been given by Cheshire East, which will be used for a planter competition to brighten up local streets for 10 days in the spring.

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 came 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 Friday, March 31.

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