Our current open grants programmes

We are now channelling ALL requests for funding in response to covid-19 through one grants programme – our Covid-19 Response Grants Programme . This is kindly funded by donations from individuals, businesses, charitable trusts and the National Emergencies Trust (NET).

Please dont worry if you have already applied under a different CCF programme,  to respond to covid-19, your application will still be processed.

How to apply to the  covid-19 Response Programme?

Please read the eligibility guidance below, then click HERE to apply.

Support for disadvantaged and vulnerable people affected by the covid-19 outbreak

  • Our covid-19 Response Grants Programme is for grants typically up to £10,000 * (level of funding increased as of 6/4/20).  It is open for applications from charitable organisations supporting the ongoing needs of disadvantaged and vulnerable people affected by the covid-19 outbreak, to ensure that their health and wellbeing is maintained.   This includes CICs (with three unrelated Directors)
  • In addition, for this programme, we want to support small un-constituted emerging group who are responding positively to supporting disadvantaged communities affected by covid-19 at a very local level.  If you can arrange for a larger charitable group to partner with you (for example (but not limited to) a church, another charity or community group) you can apply.  The charitable organisation must be able to provide their annual accounts and have a bank account in their name.  They must be willing to act as the lead organisation for the application and spend of the grant.
  • For this programme,Town and Parish Councils are also eligible to apply

*If you have a covid-19 project which needs  more than £10,000  – please do email us at  grants@cheshirecommunityfoundation.org.uk providing a brief outline of your proposal and how we may contact you to discuss this further.  Strategic, coordinated larger grants may be considered. These applications will be developed in close association with the Foundation and where possible, involve partnership working or linkages with other activities/organisatons, where your project is being delivered.

Types of activities that we can consider under the covid-19 Response Grants Programmes include (but are not limited to):-

• community response coordination to covid-19
• additional volunteer costs
• additional costs of working remotely and adapting services for disadvantaged and vulnerable people delivered in the wider community

•support for lonely and vulnerable people who are self-isolating.

•support in the wider community  for foodbanks for families and vulnerable people and organisations working to combat child hunger

 

For CCF’s other open programmes (please see the summary below and scroll down for how to apply).  Do check back to this page regularly,  for any further updates.

CCFs other Open Grants Programmes 

Please scroll down below to see further details and links to application forms.

CCF Programmes opening later in 2020

Please scroll down below to see further details and next steps for these programmes 

Other useful information

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 (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 – January, March, May, July, September and November but if there are urgent covid-19 applications needing to be reviewed responsively, we will process these more urgently
Deadlines

15th for every other month as above

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

 

This programme covers projects across the whole of Cheshire and Warrington for people of all ages

 

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:


Disadvantaged and vulnerable people affected by the covid-19 outbreak

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 Currently closed
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  a year. April and October the next Panel will be April 2020
Current deadline at the current time there are plans for a Panel in  October  2020 Panel.

The round plans to open on 14th August 2020 – it will be possible obtain a link to the application form in July 2020 ahead of the round opening – as we only give this out by discussion at so that we can take into consideration available funds at that time and give you an idea of realistic chances of success.

 

Deadline 14th September to submit application

 

 

Criteria

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

 

This programme covers projects across the whole of Cheshire and Warrington for people of all ages

Application form As mentioned above, 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

Announcements to applicants will be week commencing 4th December

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Warrington Older Peoples Fund – Small Grants  Programme (bi-monthly)

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-£2000 (Note: for a one off trip or lunch the maximum contribution is £250) 
Frequency Bi-monthly Panel meetings – February, April, June, August, October, December but if there are urgent covid-19 applications needing to be reviewed responsively, we will process these more urgently
Current deadline 15th for every other month as above
Criteria

This programme is specifically for projects in Warrington supporting people over the age of 50  

 

Please click HERE for the Grant Making Principles that apply to this Programme.   We will accept projects supporting:

  • Disadvantaged and vulnerable older people affected by the covid-19 outbreak

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 Currently closed
Applications accepted from social enterprises? Yes
Age range of beneficiaries supported by this programme People over 50 in Warrington
Minimum/maximum £1,000 to £10,000
Frequency Two Grants Panels per year in March and September. 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  We are currntly planing for a September Panel applications  to this would need to be submitted by 3rd August 2020.
Criteria

This programme is specifically for projects in Warrington supporting people over the age of 50  

 

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 11th September 

Partner Grants Programmes Managed by Cheshire Community Foundation

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Knutsford Fund  – Small Grants Programme (bi-monthly)

Grant type  Project costs (see Cheshire Community Foundation Criteria below)
Fund supporters This fund has been specifically set up by a number of donors wishing to support project activity in Knutsford and the surrounding rural area
Status Open
Applications accepted from social enterprises? Yes
Age range of beneficiaries supported by this programme all ages
Minimum/maximum  £1-£2000
Opening 16th March 2020
Deadline  Bi monthly 15th April, 15th June, 15yth August, 15th October and 15th December – but if there are urgent covid-19 applications needing to be reviewed responsively, we will process these more urgently
Criteria

Before applying, please do read the Grant Making Principles eligibility criteria for this programme on the Cheshire Community Foundation’s website.  

The overall Impact that we are aiming to achieve in Knutsford is as follows:

  • To improve mental health and wellbeing – particularly at an early intervention stage
  • To tackle poverty and disadvantage for people of all ages
  • To build stronger communities 
  • To increase education skills and employment opportunities

Priority activities for the fund (agreed in consultation with a range of community groups and stakeholders in Knutsford) are those which:–

  • Support lonely, disabled, disadvantaged and vulnerable people of all ages – who lack access to volunteering opportunities, employment and skills support, regular transport, befriending services, peer support, social activities and key public services and who want to feel more valued and  improve their overall mental health and wellbeing.

with particular emphasis on supporting:-

  • Disadvantaged and vulnerable people affected by the covid-19 outbreak
  • Lonely isolated older men  
  • New mums 
  • Young people 
  • Carers (of all ages)

​The geography of the fund will cover projects supporting beneficiaries in the four Knutsford wards of Nether, Norbury Booths, Over and Bexton and extend to the rural areas surrounding Knutsford town –  including Tabley, Lower Peover, Tatton, Ollerton and  Chelford where people rely on services delivered in Knutsford.  Please do contact us if you are unsure if your project and beneficiairy support fits with The Knutsford Fund.

Application form  To access the Small Grants Application form please click HERE
Date you will hear the outcome of your application  The month following submission i.e. for the 15th April 2020  deadline the first week in May 2020
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Knutsford Fund  – Main Grants Programme 

Grant type Project costs (see Cheshire Community Foundation Criteria below)
Fund supporters This fund has been specifically set up by a number of donors wishing to support project activity in Knutsford
Status Open  
Applications accepted from charitable organisations and social enterprises? Yes
Minimum/Maximum Minimum £2000 maximum £25,000 typical grant c £8000
How to access application form  Online application form  

Current deadline 

27th April 2020
Criteria

Before applying, please do read the Grant Making Principles eligibility criteria for this programme on the Cheshire Community Foundation’s website.  

The overall Impact that we are aiming to achieve in Knutsford is as follows:

  • To improve mental health and wellbeing – particularly at an early intervention stage
  • To tackle poverty and disadvantage for people of all ages
  • To build stronger communities 
  • To increase education skills and employment opportunities

Priority activities for the fund (agreed in consultation with a range of community groups and stakeholders in Knutsford) are those which:–

  • Support lonely, disabled, disadvantaged and vulnerable people of all ages – who lack access to volunteering opportunities, employment and skills support, regular transport, befriending services, peer support, social activities and key public services and who want to feel more valued and  improve their overall mental health and wellbeing.

with particular emphasis on supporting:-

  • Lonely isolated older men  
  • New mums 
  • Young people 
  • Carers (of all ages)

​The geography of the fund will cover projects supporting beneficiaries in the four Knutsford wards of Nether, Norbury Booths, Over and Bexton and extend to the rural areas surrounding Knutsford town –  including Tabley, Lower Peover, Tatton, Ollerton and  Chelford where people rely on services delivered in Knutsford.  Please do contact us if you are unsure if your project and beneficiairy support fits with The Knutsford Fund.

Application form  Click HERE for the application form 
Date you will hear the outcome of your application June 2020
Funding for specialised disability equipment for people of all ages

The Assura Community Fund

 

Grant type This programme will support charitable project/activity costs for groups in close proximity to Assura Buildings 
Fund supporters

Cheshire Community Foundation is delighted to be working in partnership with Assura to deliver this grants programme specifically for projects close to the Assura Building in the UK

Status to be launched when it is possible to return to normal day to day activities to support communities post covid-19
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 £1000 to £4000 (typical grant £2000).  
Frequency One initial grants round with the potential for a further round later in 2020
Current deadline Currently Closed
Programme Criteria  to be confirmed
Online Application form Click HERE for the online application form
Date you will hear the outcome of your application To be confirmed

 

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MBNA Inspiring Education Programme

Grant type This programme will support project/activity costs  in High Schools 
Fund supporters

MBNA Foundation

Status Currently closed
Applications accepted from social enterprises? Social enterprises may be a partners to a High School but the lead applicant must be a High School programme
Minimum/Maximum TBC
Frequency Currently closed
Current deadline Currently closed
Programme Criteria  To be confirmed
Online Application form  To be confirmed
Date you will hear the outcome of your application Currently closed