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Council invites applications for community grant funding

15 January 2024

Cheshire East Council is inviting voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VCFSE) sector organisations, town and parish councils and community buildings to apply for the Improved, Greener Community Facilities Fund.

Are you a community building who wishes to make your building more energy efficient to help with energy bills, does your community facility require refurbishment, require a new kitchen, improve a footpath or the installation of EV charging points? Or do you simply wish to save wildlife and plant some trees. This fund can help bring your ideas to life!

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

Grants are currently available to improve community facilities and buildings, energy efficiency and save carbon through the Improved, Greener Community Facilities Fund, funded by the UK Rural and Shared England Prosperity Fund.

Cllr Mick Warren 2023Councillor Mick Warren, Cheshire East Council environment and communities committee chair, said: "Our communities are at the heart of Cheshire East, and we're committed to making them warmer, greener, and more welcoming for everyone. 

"This new fund will empower local groups to transform their buildings into sustainable hubs of activity, reducing energy bills and supporting a healthier environment."

Organisations from anywhere in the borough can apply for 75% of projects costs up to a maximum of £15,000. Applications will be considered from organisations for local projects, meeting the fund objectives and criteria.

For more information about the fund criteria, an extended list of funding examples and application form view the council’s Improved, Greener Community Facilities Fund supporting document.

The council is also holding an in-person event for faith sector organisations on Wednesday 17 January at the Caritas Centre, 65 Delamere Street, Crewe CW1 2JX from 10am until 12 noon. Reserve a place by signing up here.

The deadline for fund applications is 19 February 2024.