Early Help and Asset Based Community Development Grants.

Covid-19 Community Response and Recovery Grant

The council and the newly launched Social Action Partnership have been helping local people to support one another by coordinating the fantastic work that is being done in communities across the borough in improving, developing and delivering services.

In recognition of the vital role played by the voluntary, community and faith sector in both the response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the recovery, this time limited fund has been developed by the council to support local organisations through this pandemic.

The fund is primarily aimed at supporting organisations to fund projects that will have a high impact over the winter months and to assist residents who are struggling to afford food and other essentials due to the economic impact caused by Covid-19.

Local charities and community organisations can apply for grants towards the cost of getting food and other essentials to those who need it the most by delivering essential Covid-19 related services.

Not-for-profit organisations can apply for funding up to a maximum of £5,000 for local projects, which meet local need. Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Foodbank services
  • Meal Delivery Services
  • Food distribution
  • Lunch clubs
  • Breakfast clubs
  • Holiday hunger projects
  • Fuel Poverty
  • Digital Inclusion
  • Providing support for people to access any other essential supplies

 Applications up to £10,000 will be considered and the council expects organisations to be able to clearly demonstrate that a wide geographical footprint will be covered for the proposed project as well as connecting with other established related projects. 

Applications will also be considered for grants up to £20,000 from organisations as long as this is a collaborative application from two or more organisations working together on the proposed project and thatsustainability of the project can be demonstrated.

 Funding will be allocated where organisations can demonstrate a required need and where clear outcomes can be achieved. The council aims to make funding decisions as quickly as possible on a rolling basis and will be providing this funding until early 2021.

If you think you may be eligible for a Covid-19 Community Response and Recovery Grant, please email communitygrants@cheshireeast.gov.uk to request a copy of the grant principles and to request an application form.

Please note that we are unable to accept postal applications at this time.