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Council announces first groups to benefit from New Homes Bonus Community Fund

12 March 2019

The first slice of Cheshire East Council’s New Homes Bonus Community Fund is about to be distributed to a wide range of non-profit-making organisations and charities across the borough. 

A further £1m will be available in the financial year 2020/21.The allocation of funding is based on the volume of new homes built between 2011 and 2017, with the money directed towards projects identified as meeting a local need, where new house building has impacted on local communities. 

The New Homes Bonus Community Fund is a local scheme, set up by Cheshire East Council in February 2018, and is utilising payments under the government’s New Homes Bonus payments scheme.   

A total of 223 applications, totalling £7.5million, were received from faith groups, voluntary groups, and town and parish councils. Each application was evaluated and scored by a multi-agency panel, meeting the criteria set out in the New Homes Bonus Community Fund policy.  

Recommendations were then put forward to an award group panel made up of community representatives. A total of 43 awards were made to the value of £1million. 

Councillor Paul Bates, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for finance, said: “We have had a tremendous response to this initiative and I would like to thank all those organisations that have taken the time to carefully map out their bids and bring forward their imaginative and meaningful proposals as part of the bid process.

“We recognise that some applicant groups may feel disappointed at not being successful but we would always encourage fresh bids to be made when the 2020/21 scheme is announced later this year.”

To see all the groups to have benefited visit the new homes bonus pages on the website.

The council is happy to give feedback to unsuccessful bidders.