Community Grants

Cheshire East Council prides itself on supporting the Voluntary Community, Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) Sector. Having a responsive grants process, a good relationship with the sector and a shared understanding of meeting either existing or emerging needs of the community, allows for systematic partnership working. The needs of our communities can change and the need to pilot and test service delivery to sense check what works in what areas is important and we aim to do this through grant allocation.

Cheshire East Crowd - UK Rural Prosperity Fund

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The rural England prosperity fund has been created for councils to deliver as part of the government's levelling-up programme. 

Funding (capital grants) will be pledged via the Crowdfunding platform towards projects which demonstrate investment in capacity building and infrastructure support for local civil society and community groups. (UKSPF Intervention E11)  

For more information please see our Cheshire East Crowd webpage, email or visit Spacehive's website to pitch for funding.

Cheshire East Crowd  

Cheshire East Council has launched a crowdfunding platform, Cheshire East Crowd to support great community projects.

This exciting initiative, in partnership with crowdfunding platform Spacehive, will enable local people, businesses, the council and other organisations to pledge alongside each other to crowdfunding campaigns that bring your ideas to life.

For more information please see our Cheshire East Crowd webpage

Previous Grants 

In 2022 as part of the integration agenda, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership, NHS Cheshire and Merseyside, Cheshire East Council and the VCFSE sector worked collaboratively to design and deliver a grants programme aimed at improving the physical and mental wellbeing of the local population and reduce health inequalities.

In addition to health and wellbeing grants, the VCFSE told us about the cost-of-living implications on them and their beneficiaries. In response to this we announced a cost of living grant, funded through the UK Shared Prosperity Government Levelling Up Fund.

It is important that once providers are grant funded, we continually work alongside them to enhance relationships between the public sector and VCFSE sector and shared learning between grant recipients.

Health, Wellbeing & Cost of Living Grants Our Community Offer – supporting communities to respond to local need in 2023/2024 (PDF, 1.3MB)

This document has been created to ensure the grant funded provision is accessed by those who need it most. This document can be shared with communities, residents and professionals. The project information included is only a small part of what the individual organisations do and timescales vary for each organisation, do contact them directly to discuss if you would like further information.


Does your organisation need funding? Would you like support searching for funding opportunities for your organisation?

GrantFinder is one of the largest and most comprehensively supported databases of its type. It offers users a user-friendly, accurate and continuously updated package that has helped to facilitate the securing of millions of pounds’ worth of funding support. We have a license to use the GrantFinder service, providing VCFSE organisations with bespoke funding searches for their organisation or for specific projects.

For further information or to request a funding search, contact

Social Franchise 

Cheshire East has partnered with a range of churches, community centres and other settings to create our Connected Communities Social Franchise and host a range of activities and support services closer to where people live.

We’ve provided support to the settings listed on our Connected Communities Social Franchise Opportunities webpage to enhance their digital offer, and if you’re looking to start your own group then the Centres listed may also be able to provide free room hire – contact them to find out more.

Page last reviewed: 21 July 2023