Supporting you through the application process

Current Programmes (please SCROLL DOWN for each programme’s criteria and how to apply)

  • Cheshire Community Foundation Main Grants Programme

  • Cheshire Community Foundation Small Grants Programme (now bi-monthly)

  • Warrington Older Peoples Fund Main Grants Programme 

  • Warrington Older Peoples Fund Small Grants Programme (monthly)

  • Nationwide Community Grants Programme 2019

  • Steve Morgan Foundation Positive Steps Social Prescribing Programme Crewe
  • #iwill Grants Programme 2019
  • Tampon Tax Community Fund 2019 (launching late summer 2019)

  • MBNA Inspiring Education Programme 2019

We give grants to groups addressing priority needs within Cheshire and Warrington.

Through our grant making we aim to:

  • Target community need that is informed by local research and local consultation
  • Focus support to achieve maximum effectiveness
  • Enhance community and voluntary activity in Cheshire
  • Encourage best practice among community and voluntary groups
  • Give help where it is needed most

We strive to make our grants process simple and easy for you. Our grants team are available to talk with you about your project idea and if the project is eligible to apply, and will suggest the most relevant grants programme for your application. Please contact us on 01606 330607 with any questions you may have.

Grants programmes open and close regularly so please do check the latest opportunities and deadlines. Applying to the most appropriate grants programme helps improve your chances of success and so we recommend you read and fully understand the guidelines for each programme.

For our Grant Making Complaints procedure please click here.

We recommend that you apply early within a grants programme application window – particularly where there may be a limited amount of funding available – as some programmes become over subscribed quickly. Wherever possible, avoid leaving the submission of your application to the last week or few days of the applications window as we have found that where an applicant has rushed in an application, it can affect the quality of the submission. It can also be beneficial for someone not closely connected to the project, to read the application, to see if they fully understand the project before it is finalised.

Capital projects

Recently we have found that there are less funds available to fund capital projects (building refurbishment or purchase of larger capital items). If you do have a capital project that you are considering applying for, please do talk to us about the likely chances of success with the project, before embarking on the application process.

Below you will find further details of our current open grants programmes including application deadlines. If you would like to discuss which fund is best for you, please call the grants team on 01606 330607 or email us at grants@cheshirecommunityfoundation.org.uk

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Cheshire Community Foundation: Small Grants Programme (Bi-monthly)

Grant type Project costs (see Cheshire Community Foundation criteria below)
Fund supporters Click HERE to see our current donors and key themes
Status Open
Applications accepted from social enterprises? Yes
Age range of beneficiaries supported by this programme All ages
Minimum/maximum £1-£2000 (typically c.£1000 NB: for a one off trip or luncheon, the maximum contribution is £250)  please call to discuss if you have any queries regarding the amount to apply for
Frequency Bi-monthly Panel meetings – the remaining Panels in 2019 are July, September and November 2019
Deadlines

15th July for decision mid August

15th Sept for decision mid October

15th November for decision mid December

Criteria Please click HERE for the Grant Making Principles that apply to this Programme

 

We are  particularly interested in supporting smaller charities through this programme  (with a turnover of less than £300,000) and to assist local grass roots organisations that support one, or more, of the following priority areas:
• Homelessness
• Disadvantaged and exploited young people, with a preference for prevention and early intervention projects
• Education and skills (for ages 3 to 18)
• Community support  – to include support for older people

Application form Please click HERE to go directly to the application form
Date you will hear the outcome of your application between two and ten weeks depending on when the application is received (if the applications misses a bi-monthly deadline it would carry forward to the next available Panel. 

  

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Cheshire Community Foundation: Main Grants Programme

Grant type Project costs (see Cheshire Community Foundation criteria below)
Fund supporters Click HERE to see our current donors and key themes
Status Opens 
Applications accepted from social enterprises? Yes
Age range of beneficiaries supported by this programme All ages
Minimum/maximum £1,000-£25,000 (Note: The average grant awarded is typically £8,000)
Frequency The main grants programme is moving to two grant panels in 2019 with the dates for these being April 2019  and October 2019
Current deadline For the October Panel applications must be submitted by 23rd August 2019
Criteria Please click HERE for the Grant Making Principles that apply to this Programme
Application form We are reliant on funding for this programme from a number of donor funds, some of which are restricted to a particular geography, disadvantage or need. We encourage applicants to contact us beforehand to discuss likely chances of success. Angela Richardson our Grants Director will be available to discuss your applications on 01606 330607.  If we feel that there are potential donor funds available, we will provide you with a link to the application form.
Date you will hear the outcome of your application

For the October Panel  applicants will hear an outcome the week commencing 28th October 2019

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Warrington Older Peoples Fund – Small Grants  Programme

Grant type Project costs (see Cheshire Community Foundation criteria below)
Fund supporters The Warrington Fund has been created through the transfer of two dormant Warrington Trusts Funds which have created the fund for this programme
Status Open
Applications accepted from social enterprises? Yes
Age range of beneficiaries supported by this programme People over 50 in Warrington
Minimum/maximum £1-£1000 (Note: for a one off trip or lunch the maximum contribution is £250) 
Frequency Rolling programme
Current deadline No deadline – we aim to provide an outcome of your application within six weeks from receipt of a complete application
Criteria Please click HERE for the Grant Making Principles that apply to this Programme.  For additional criteria relevant to the Warrington Fund please click HERE
Application form Please click HERE to go directly to the application form
Date you will hear the outcome of your application We aim to provide an outcome of your application within six weeks to eight from receipt of a complete application (including the  required documents)
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Warrington Older Peoples Fund – Main Grants  Programme

Grant type Project costs (see Cheshire Community Foundation Criteria below)
Fund supporters The Warrington Fund has been created through the transfer of two dormant Warrington Trusts Funds which have created the fund for this programme
Status Open
Applications accepted from social enterprises? Yes
Age range of beneficiaries supported by this programme People over 50 in Warrington
Minimum/maximum £1,000 to typically £5,000 – for larger requests (no more than £10,000)  please call the team to discuss prior to applying.
Frequency Three Grants Panels per year in March, July and November. For this programme applicants are asked to come along to the Grant Panel, please see our top 10 tips for this process HERE
Current deadline  For the November  Panel applications must be submitted by 11th October 2019
Criteria Please click HERE for the Grant Making Principles that apply to this Programme. For additional criteria relevant to the Warrington Fund please click HERE
Application form Please click HERE for the application form
Date you will hear the outcome of your application

 

Week commencing 15th July – July Panel

Week commencing 11th November – November Panel

Partner Grants Programmes Managed by Cheshire Community Foundation

 

#iWill Programme 2019 

Grant type Project costs (see #iWill Criteria)
Fund supporters Department for Culture Media & Sport

 

The National Lottery Community Fund

Status Opens 1st July 2019
Applications accepted from social enterprises? Yes
Age range of beneficiaries supported by this programme Young people 10 to 20 years (up to 25 for disabled young people) with a priority for children 10-14 years old
Minimum/maximum  £1,000-£5000
Opening Opens 1st July 2019
Current deadline 23rd August 2019
Criteria

Please click HERE for the Programme criteria 

also click HERE for the Key Funding Principles and examples of projects previously funded.

Application form Please click HERE for the application form
Date you will hear the outcome of your application 31st  October 2019
 
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MBNA Inspiring Education Programme 2019 Round

Grant type This programme is for State secondary education organisations (Schools, Academies and Multi Academy Trusts – referred to below collectively as “schools”) which have been nominated to apply by an MBNA Associate.

 

The aim of the programme is to provide increased extra-curricular opportunities for young people in secondary education, allowing them to develop their passion and inspiration for learning by encouraging them to try new activities at a time of increasing exam and social pressures.  The programme encourages applications which support vulnerable or disadvantaged young people to take part – particularly from areas which are most densely populated by MBNA staff, working at MBNA’s Chester Campus.

Under the MBNA programme, over £600,000 will be made available over the next three years – with approximately £200,000 available in the first round in 2018 and a further £200,000 in 2019.

Fund supporters MBNA Foundation
Status Currently closed
Applications accepted from charitable organisations and social enterprises? Charitable organisations including social enterprises can be a partner to an application, however a secondary education School, Academy or Multi-Academy Trust must be the lead applicant with the application in their name.
Minimum/Maximum Maximum £8,000 with typical grant size being £6,500
Opening Currently closed and Steve Morgan Foundation Positive Steps Social Prescribing Grants Programme – Crewe Programme Criteriaby nomination only
Current deadline currently closed
Criteria Schools are strongly advised to download the MBNA Inspiring Education Programme Criteria  before applying to see the full criteria.
Application form Only an MBNA associate nominating your school, can provide your organisation with a link to the online application form.  We will only accept applications on this bespoke application form.
Date you will hear the outcome of your application TBC
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Nationwide Community Grants Programme 2019

Grant type

Nationwide Building Society was founded to help people into homes of their own and its ambition that everyone should have a place fit to call home stands firm today. The Nationwide Community Grants programme awards up to £500,000 across 11 UK regions annually.

Fund supporters Nationwide Building Society
Status now closed for applications
Eligible Organisations

This fund is open to registered charities, charitable incorporated organisations, Community Land Trusts and housing co-operatives. 

Co-operatives and community benefit societies registered with the Financial Conduct Authority are also eligible as long as their associated activities target housing and/or homelessness.

Partnership and consortia are encouraged to apply, the lead partner must be an eligible entity and will manage the funds if successful.

Eligible organisations need to have a minimum of three unrelated trustees and two unrelated bank signatories. Community Land Trusts can be registered with the charity commission or OSCR in Scotland, the Financial Conduct Authority or with Companies House as a community interest company ltd by guarantee. Companies or community interest companies ltd by shares are not eligible for this fund.

Statutory organisations, housing associations, companies limited by guarantee with charitable objectives, community interest companies, constituted community or voluntary sector groups are welcomed to apply in partnership with an eligible lead organisation, partnerships should be established before applying. See more information HERE

Minimum/Maximum £10,000/£50,000 
Opening 03/06/2019
Current deadline 05/07/2019 – now closed
Criteria You can download the  General Guidance HERE, the Frequenty Asked Questions HERE,              the Nationwide Building Society Community Grants programme criteria HERE 
Application form Please click HERE for the application form 
Date you will hear the outcome of your application Early October 2019
Funding for specialised disability equipment for people of all agesSteve Morgan Foundation

Steve Morgan Foundation

Positive Steps Social Prescribing Programme for Crewe

Grant type This programme will support charitable project/activity costs for groups receiving referrals from health care professionals in Crewe only
Fund supporters

Cheshire Community Foundation is delighted to be working in partnership with The Steve Morgan Foundation to deliver this grants programme specifically for projects in Crewe

Status Opens Friday 28th June 2019
Applications accepted from social enterprises? Yes – Registered UK charities, Constituted Community groups,Companies Limited by Guarantee with charitable aims,  Community Interest Companies, Co-operatives – registered Community Benefit Societies and registered Industrial and Provident Societies, Credit Unions and Social Enterprises are all eligible to apply
Minimum/Maximum £1,000 to £4000 (average grant £3000). This​ programme aims to fund ​
Frequency One Grants Round in 2019
Current deadline Midnight 24th July 2019
Programme Criteria Click Steve Morgan Foundation Positive Steps Social Prescribing Grants Programme – Crewe Programme Criteria for the full programme Criteria
Online Application form Click HERE for the online application form
Date you will hear the outcome of your application 20th September 2019 for commencement of projects in October 2019

 

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Tampon Tax Community Fund – 2019

Grant type This programme will support charitable project/activity costs  – a total of £45,102 is available and therefore we are likely to make around 5-10 grants depending on the size of grant requests made.
Fund supporters

Cheshire Community Foundation is delighted to be working in partnership with UK Community Foundations and Department for
Digital, Culture,
Media & Sport  to deliver the Tampon Tax Community Fund in Cheshire and Warrington.

Status Opens 2nd September
Applications accepted from social enterprises? Yes  
Minimum/Maximum up to £10,000
Frequency One Grants Round in 2019
Current deadline 11th October
Programme Criteria CriteriaTampon Tax 2019 Criteria FINAL
Online Application form Click HERE for the online application form, when the programme opens
Date you will hear the outcome of your application Mid December 2019