Grants & Funding

Grants and Funding Support

Looking for funding?

Our funding advisory service is open to charities, voluntary organisations, community groups and social enterprises.  We can help you to find grants and maximise your income for strengthening your community group or funding a community project.  Contact us to discuss your funding needs and we will then use our specialist knowledge or search our database for opportunities that best match your specified criteria.  Call us on 01244 400222 or use our contact form.

The list below sets out just some of the funding options currently available to community organisations and projects.  Alternatively, take a look at our Trusts and Foundations Funding Guide which lists hundreds of grants in various categories (e.g. sport, health, music, young people, heritage, those based in Cheshire).  We also post regular updates about new funding opportunities via Facebook and Twitter. 


Grant Application Support

Our staff have many years' experience of successfully applying for grant funding.  Once you have a project in mind, we can advise you on the evidence you'll need to support your application and give you some tips on how best to make your case to grant funders.  We can even help you to fill in any application forms.  We are also happy to give presentations and workshops on grant funding to your community group. 


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Active Funders


  • Awards for All - small grants programme for projects between £300 and £10,000 to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need
  • Reaching Communities - grants from £10,000 upwards for community-based capital and revenue projects
  • Partnerships - grants over £10,000 for organisations which work together with a shared set of goals and values



  • Cheshire West Member Budgets - awards of between £250 and £5,000 are available for projects from your Cheshire West and Chester Ward Councillor.  Find your local councillor here
  • Cheshire East Community Grant Scheme - up to £5,000 available to support projects, activities and events which will improve the quality of life for local communities in the Cheshire East area
  • Cheshire East New Homes Bonus Fund - Grants above £10,000 to assist communities where new housing developments have been built between 2011 and 2017
  • Cheshire Community Foundation - a wide range of funds aimed at improving the quality of life for local people in Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester and Warrington
  • Northwich Town Council - Small grants up to £500 to help fund projects that support organisations in the voluntary and community sector in the Northwich area
  • Westminster Foundation - grants up to £5,000 for poverty-related projects in the Cheshire West and Chester area
  • Morgan Foundation - supports organisations helping children and families, as well as the elderly, disabled and socially isolated. They have a very strict geographic remit
  • The Williams Family Foundation - grants to local registered charities that are really making a difference to people’s lives within their remit area
  • Sandbach Town Council - the Council considers applications for funding from local organisations
  • Warrington Borough Council - various Area Board and Community Chest funds are available
  • Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund - awards grants to a maximum of £3,000 within a 10-mile radius of the airport
  • Halton Borough Council - various Area Forum and community grants available
  • Crewe Town Council - up to £1,000 to fund projects that support organisations which are based within or that directly benefit the town of Crewe and its residents
  • Cheshire LEADER fund - an EU programme that aims to provide funding for businesses and organisations looking to begin or expand their operations in rural areas
  • Protos - A community benefit fund for organisations in Ince, Helsby, Frodsham and Little Stanney
  • Marshes Community Benefit Fund - up to £120,000 per year available for community projects in the Frodsham Windfarm area
  • Safer Communities Fund - set up by the Police and Crime Commissioner to enable community groups to help create safer communities across Cheshire.  Up to £5,000 available
  • Clutterbuck Trust - Has set priorities and invites applications from charities in Cheshire.  Grants generally available between £1,000 and £3,000. Appy in writing by the 2 annual deadines of 30th June and 31st December
  • iGas Energy Community Fund - aims to support projects in the immediate area of their operational facilities (Ince Marshes, Ellesmere Port and Doe Green).  Closing date usually end January
  • Macclesfield Town Council - up to £2,000 for community groups and activities within the town
  • South West Peak Landscape Partnership Grants - for communities in South West Peak (SWP) to celebrate their heritage, research it, establish events and make improvements to their local built and natural heritage
  • Equilibrium Community Support Scheme - grants of between £100 and £500 for charities and non-profit organisations in the Chester & District region and in Knutsford, Wilmslow and Macclesfield
  • Stoke City Football Club Community Fund - grants of up to £1000 for community projects in the Staffordshire and South Cheshire area
  • Poynton Town Council - a small annual budget allocation for community grants
  • Congleton Town Council - grants for local groups and organisations
  • Knutsford Town Council - funding to local bodies to help towards projects which enhance the lives of Knutsford residents
  • Neston Town Council - grants to voluntary and community groups operating within the Neston area
  • Winsford Town Council - grants which improve the quality of life for the community of Winsford
  • Bollington Town Council - grants available for voluntary organisations in Bollington
  • Frodsham Town Council - grants available to community organisations or individuals
  • Nantwich Town Council - offers grants and donations to support local groups, activities and events



  • WREN - up to £100,000 for projects situated within 10 miles of an FCC Environment landfill site
  • VEOLIA - up to £75,000 for projects that are in the proximity of a qualifying Veolia site
  • VIRIDOR - up to £20,000 available for projects within 10 miles of the Viridor Energy Recovery Facility in Runcorn
  • BIFFA - currently provides funding for projects between £10,000 - £75,000
  • SUEZ - up to £50,000 available for projects within their active funding zones
  • Enovert Community Trust - up to £50,000 funding for projects within 10 miles of their sites in Wrexham and St Helens
  • CEMEX - Funds for community projects within 3 miles of their plants in Ellesmere Port, Crewe, Winsford and Widnes
  • TARMAC - Funds for projects within 7 miles of a Tarmac waste, cement and lime or quarrying site provided they are within 10 miles of any licenced landfill site



  • Mercers - funding for listed buildings, conservation projects and performing arts
  • Arts Council - offer awards from £1,000 to £100,000 to support a wide variety of arts-related activities, from dance to visual arts, literature to theatre, music to combined arts
  • War Memorials Trust - Grants are currently available up to 75% of eligible costs with a normal maximum grant of £30,000
  • Heritage Lottery Fund - a wide range of heritage-related funds with grants from £3,000 to over £5 million



  • Tudor Trust - grants of over £10,000 mostly for core funding costs (e.g. running an organisation, including salaries, overheads and day-to-day running costs)
  • Esmee Fairbairn Foundation - grants from £5,000 to support organisations’ core or project costs in the arts, children and young people, environment, food and social change sectors
  • Lloyds Bank Foundation - various grant programmes aimed at helping charities support people experiencing multiple disadvantage
  • Henry Smith - revenue grants of over £10,000 for projects that address social inequality and economic disadvantage and holiday grants for children under 13
  • Yapp Charitable Trust - up to £3,000 per year for up to three years to sustain the work of small registered charities with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000



  • Just Giving - a simple way for charities and fundraisers to raise money online
  • BT My Donate - a free online fundraising service for registered charities which anyone can visit to make donations
  • Go fund me - personal online fundraising website for individual projects
  • Just Act - up to £1,000 to inspiring community-based crowdfunding projects
  • The Good Exchange - enables applicants looking for funding to complete a single online application form which is then automatically matched with multiple funders



  • Active Cheshire - occasional grant schemes across Cheshire aimed at projects to get more people active more often
  • Sport England - various funding programmes for projects which focus on sports recognised by Sport England
  • Postcode Community Trust - grants ranging from £500 - £20,000 for grass-roots sports, arts and recreation projects
  • Football Foundation - funds the development of new and refurbished grassroots sports facilities
  • Heart Research UK - £5,000-£10,000 available for projects that actively promote heart health and help to prevent, or reduce, the risk of heart disease in specific groups or communities
  • Localgiving Magic Little Grants - grants of £500 to charities and community groups for physical activity projects
  • Cash4Clubs - Grants of £500, £750 or £1000 to improve facilities, purchase new equipment, gain coaching qualifications, and invest in the sustainability of a sports club
  • People's Health Trust - Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations



  • Tesco Bags of Help - between £1,000 and £5,000 available for projects to improve green spaces in local communities
  • Morrisons Foundation - offers grant funding to registered charities that aim to make a positive difference to people's lives
  • Greggs Local Community Projects Fund - up to £2,000 available for projects that support a community of interest, i.e. people who are disabled or suffering chronic illness, living in poverty, voluntary carers, homeless, isolated older people or another demonstrable significant need
  • Greggs Foundation Environmental Grants - up to £2,000 for projects that improve the physical environment in a way that will improve people's lives
  • Asda Foundation - grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 for not-for-profit organisations to develop stronger better connected communities by targeting key social issues
  • One Stop Carriers for Causes - grants of up to £1,000 available to give to good causes within a 2 mile radius of a One Stop store
  • Co-op Local Community Fund - give 1% of everything spent on selected Co-op branded products and services to community projects
  • Wilkinsons Helping Hands - each local store has a budget to distribute to projects and schemes within the stores local community
  • Waitrose Community Matters - Each month every Waitrose branch donates £1,000 (£500 in convenience shops) between 3 local good causes chosen by customers
  • Marks and Spencer Community Energy Fund - £300,000 to support renewable energy projects and technologies across the UK
  • WH Smith Trust - up to £500 to voluntary organisations and schools from the proceeds of the compulsory carrier bag levies across the UK
  • Warburton Community Grants - up to £250 to charitable organisatons for local community projects
  • B&Q Community Re-Use Scheme - donates unsellable products and materials for re-use by local schools, other educational institutions and community groups
  • Screwfix Foundation - supports projects that will fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities for those in need throughout the UK



  • Comic Relief - grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 for community projects that address local economic and social deprivation
  • Locality Neighbourhood Planning Grant - up to £9,000 available to community groups writing a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order
  • Variety Club - various grants for young people's projects including a grant to fund equipment for youth club organisations
  • Ford - up to £3,000 available for projects focusing on education, environment, children, the disabled, youth activities and projects that provide clear benefits to the local communities close to Ford's UK locations
  • ACRE Buildings Loan Fund - loans of around £15,000 to help community groups renovate, refurbish and construct new community buildings
  • Foyle Foundation - grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 for charities in any field who can demonstrate that such a grant will make a significant difference to their work
  • Nationwide Foundation - funding to improve the living conditions of vulnerable tenants in private rented sector homes and to support the development of alternative affordable housing models
  • Rural Community Energy Fund - provides up to approximately £150,000 for feasibility studies and pre-planning development work to help community renewable energy projects become investment ready
  • Trusthouse Charitable Foundation - grants to small, well-established organisations (including community buildings) who address local issues in areas of extreme urban deprivation, or in remote and fragile rural communities
  • Childcare Business Grants - up to £1,000 to encourage and support the starting up of new childcare businesses
  • Children in Need - up to £120,000 to fund not-for-profit organisations who work with disadvantaged children and young people aged 18 years and under
  • Aviva - a community fund with grants up to £25,000
  • Postcode Local Trust - £500 to £20,000 to good causes which benefit wildlife, enhance biodiversity, or renovate/create new green habitats.
  • Leslie Sell Charitable Trust - provides financial assistance to the Scouting and Guiding movement
  • Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation - Grants from £1,000 available to registered charities for projects including new build, refurbishment and improvements of village halls, scout huts, youth clubs, community centres and similar
  • DM Thomas Foundation for Young People - run a number of campaigns which seek to support young people
  • Prince's Countryside Fund - up to £50,000 for projects across the UK that help to provide a secure future for the countryside.  2 funding rounds per year
  • Royal British Legion - up to £50,000 available to support specialised projects or services for serving and/or ex-Service personnel and/or their families
  • First Ark Social Investment - a social investment fund offering loans and grants from £50,000 to £150,000 to social enterprises and charities in the North West
  • The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust - Grants of either £1,000 or £5,000 for different topic areas and criteria each year
  • Persimmon Community Champions - charity match programme gives donations of up to £1000 to local UK groups and charities, which have already raised vital funds themselves
  • Grow Wild - Awards of £2000 and £4000 available for community projects which promote UK native wildflowers, plants and fungi
  • Calor Rural Community Fund - Grants of up to £5,000 for community projects in areas off the mains gas grid
  • Skipton Building Society Grassroots Giving - £500 grants available to community groups (NOT registered charities) who only have access to limited funding from elsewhere
  • Garfield Weston Foundation - supports a broad range of charities across the UK that make a positive difference
  • Bruce Wake Trust - grants for the provision of leisure activities for the disabled
  • NFU Mutual Charitable Trust - grants between £1,000 and £30,00 for projects in the areas of education of young people in rural areas and relief of poverty within rural areas

Individuals and Families

  • Turn2us is a charity that helps people in financial need to access welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help – online, by phone and face to face through our partner organisations
  • Glasspool Charity Trust - Giving small grants to individuals in need, which has no restrictions on the type of beneficiary. The usual aim of the grant is to help the beneficiary over a short term crisis.  We do not accept applications directly from individual members of the public                                                        
  • Florence Nightingale Aid in Sickness Trust - Medical items and services to improve quality of life. The application should be made on behalf of the client by someone with a medical background or a charity
  • The John Holford Charity - Grants to individuals and organisations for the relief of disability or the prevention or relief of poverty in Clutton, Middlewich, Congleton and the Ecclesiastical parish of Astbury
  • Independence at Home - Grants to people of all ages who have a physical or learning disability or long term illness and who are in financial need
  • The Hospital Saturday Fund - The Hospital Saturday Fund will consider giving partial or full grants to individuals for specialist medical equipment, therapeutic treatment, home adaptations and respite breaks
  • Bruce Wake Charitable Trust - Applications for grant funding to organisations and individuals which support the aims of the trust which is to encourage and assist the provision of leisure activities for the disabled
  • The Eaton Fund - Grants to those who are in need of financial assistance, to make a difference to quality of life, to enhance independence and/or to improve career prospects for artists, nurses & women
  • Francis Winham Foundation - For the benefit of old and aged people in England. The trustees receive applications and make grants to registered charitable organisations in England, or to organisations in England the activities of which are compatible with the charitable objectives of the trust. E-mail: for further information
  • Lindow Trust - Relieving, generally or individually, persons resident in the ancient parish of Wilmslow who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress, by making grants of money or paying for items, services or facilities calculated to reduce those needs.  E-mail: for more information
  • Roald Dahl's Marvellous Family Grants - for families facing financial hardship while caring for a child with a serious illness. They provide support to help families cope, from funding specialist equipment and creative therapies to hospital travel expenses
  • United Utilities Trust Fund - helps individuals and families who are in severe hardship or other hardship to meet the cost of water/sewerage charges and helps support organisations who can deliver money advice and financial literacy services
  • Friends of the Elderly - grants available for home essentials, digital connection and general financial support.  Must be managing on a low income with savings of less than £4,000
  • The ACT Foundation - provides funding of up to £2,500 towards the cost of equipment to support individuals to continue living in their own homes
  • EON Energy Fund helps pay current or final EON energy bill arrears. It can also help EON's most vulnerable customers by providing replacement household items such as cookers, fridges, fridge-freezers and washing machines – and also help to replace and repair gas boilers as well as e-learning vouchers
  • EDF Energy Trust - awards grants to individuals and families to clear electricity and gas debts owed to EDF Energy and to purchase essential energy efficient household items
  • Buttle UK -  financial help for young people aged 16-20 who receive no support from their parents or guardians so that they can further their education or employment
  • Cecil Bowen Memorial Fund - grants of up to £250 to help individuals in the Chester area by providing relief or specialist support.  E-mail: