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.  This is updated on a regular basis but do bear in mind that there are many other funds which could be available and which aren't listed here.  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
  • Big Potential - aims to improve the sustainability, capacity and scale of VCSE (voluntary, community and social enterprise) organisations in order that they may deliver greater social impact



  • 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 Public Health Grants - up to £10,000 available for projects which positively address health issues
  • 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 - see the map here
  • 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 and Elton.  From November 2017, organisations from Helsby, Frodsham and Little Stanney will also be able to bid for funding
  • 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
  • Wulvern Housing Community Investment Grant up to £200 available for projects in Wulvern neighbourhoods in the South Cheshire area
  • 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 .



  • WREN - up to £50,000 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
  • Cory Environmental Trust - up to £50,000 funding for projects within 10 miles of their sites in Wrexham and St Helens



  • 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
  • Disabled Artist Commission Awards - supports commissions for disabled artists and companies that support disabled-led work across all art forms



  • 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 - 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



  • 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
  • Local Giving Magic Little Grants - £250 or £500 grants to support the general running costs of new and existing sports and physical activities
  • 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
  • Persimmon Healthy Communities -  30 monthly donations of £750 each to purchase sports kits and equipment for teams and individuals aged 21 and under from May to December 2017.  Also national prize fund for larger projects
  • Active Cheshire Active Minds Investment - supports projects aimed at improving health and quality of life to prevent and alleviate mental illness through physical activity.  Apply by 24 Nov 2017



  • 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



  • 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
  • Locality Bright Ideas Fund - up to £20,000 to develop a community business idea
  • 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
  • Golden Bottle and Bulldog Trust - grants from £1,000 to £30,000 which will make a transformational impact on new and existing organisations
  • 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
  • O2 Think Big - grants of £300 to help young people launch ideas and programmes that use technology to benefit the places where they live
  • 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
  • Plunkett Foundation - Helps rural communities through co-operatives and community-ownership
  • 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
  • Scottish Power Energy People’s Trust Open to charitable organisations which help individuals with energy cost issues including provision of insulation
  • 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
  • Ambition Giving - up to £2,000 throughout the year to groups or individuals who deliver activities to young people in their community
  • 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
  • Landmark Trust - 50 for free scheme offers free breaks in some of their properties to charities and non-profit organisations 
  • 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
  • Screwfix Foundation - supports projects that will fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities for those in need throughout the UK
  • Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund: provides small grants to community groups with 5 grants of £300 awarded each week. 
  • The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust - Grants of either £1,000 or £5,000 for 2 specific areas in 2017 - 'Music & the Arts' and 'the Elderly'
  • 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.  Open until mid-January 2018

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 children, young people, elderly, people with disabilities and the general public for the relief of disability or the prevention or relief of poverty
  • 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