We want Cheshire to be a place where, regardless of where they live:

  • People can feel fulfilled and reach their full potential
  • People can achieve economic, social and physical wellbeing
  • Inequalities in life expectancy, health and employment opportunity are reduced
  • People share a strong sense of community
  • Voluntary and community-based activity can thrive and flourish

We have identified our chief priorities for 2017 as:2017 as being:

  • To improve mental health and wellbeing
  • To tackle poverty and disadvantage
  • To develop education, skills and employment
  • To build stronger communities across Cheshire

To achieve these priorities we will endeavour to:

  • Understand the needs and aspirations of people in Cheshire, recognising that ‘disadvantage’ can take many forms
  • Develop community investment programmes that are responsive and flexible, to take account of changing and emerging needs
  • Be responsive to the wishes of fund holders and donors
  • Ensure that our investment makes a significant difference to people’s lives
  • Work strategically on a Cheshire-wide basis, making links across sectors and working proactively to bring about change
  • Develop ongoing relationships with the voluntary and community organisations we work with and fund
  • Create an enduring legacy for Cheshire

Please  download a pdf of our Grant Making Principles.

Do please contact grants@cheshirecommunityfoundation.org.uk if you require further information or telephone our team on 01606 330 607.

Important note

We aim to support organisations with a strong connection to the communities they want to serve, who can demonstrate that they have consulted with the people who are going to benefit from the project. We are unlikely to support applicants who have little or no connection with their beneficiaries and/or there is little evidence of consultation. Please also see our Equality and Diversity Policy for our grant making and operational activity here

We want to support projects where it can be clearly demonstrated, at the end of the funding period, what difference the grant has made to the lives of people in Cheshire. We are unlikely to support projects where it would be difficult to see or measure what difference the Foundation’s grant has made.

We are looking for projects that will help to bring about a long-term change or make a significant difference to people’s lives. Applications are less likely to succeed if the project has extremely short-term benefit, unless it can be shown how it will address a local issue or improve life in some way for the beneficiaries

We are happy to encourage new ideas, or organisations that are setting up in response to an identified need, but we are unlikely to award funding for start-up costs that are unrealistically high, particularly where the organisation has no track record at all and cannot demonstrate that it has consulted with the people who will benefit.