New homes bonus

Cheshire East Council’s cabinet has approved a £2m new homes bonus fund to assist communities where new housing developments have been built between 2011 and 2017.  The scheme, which will run for 2 years, is designed to achieve positive benefits based on locally-identified needs.  The priorities for each of the areas are being set by 7 geographical award groups, made up of elected members and a representative from the town and parish councils.  

The fund will give local councils and the voluntary, community and faith sector an opportunity to apply for projects that can make a lasting difference to communities and as such the minimum grant figure is set at £10,000 with no upper limit.

Total allocations by award group area
Fund area Total allocation 
 Congleton and surrounding towns and villages  £328,973
 Crewe and surrounding villages   £170,985
 Knutsford and surrounding villages   £61,790
 Macclesfield and surrounding towns and villages   £121,739
 Nantwich and surrounding villages   £162,006
 Poynton and surrounding villages   £67,776
 Wilmslow and surrounding villages   £86,731
 Total   £1,000,000

Priorities for award groups

Each award group has been meeting throughout October and the following groups have now agreed their priorities:

More information on the scheme can be found in the following documents:

 Key principles for fund spend

  • Projects must demonstrate how they will enhance service delivery and provide tangible community benefits.
  • Applicants must have appropriate governance in place.
  • Projects must demonstrate value for money.
  • The scheme can fund new services or amendment / retention of existing services.
  • The scheme can be used to fund both capital and revenue projects
  • Projects must be sustainable with no commitments beyond March 2020.
  • The minimum allocation is £10,000 and funds may be pooled with neighbouring areas.

If you are a voluntary, community or faith sector organisation and require support with your application you can contact CVS as they are offering free funding support to all organisations, including those who are not members of CVS, wishing to bid to the first round of this fund.  To access support please email

2019/20 Round 1

Round 1 is now closed and a full list of successful organisations can be viewed on the New Homes Bonus Community Fund - Round 1 Award page.