Community Grants & Member Budgets

Since 2011 Cheshire West and Chester Borough Councillors have an annual Member Budget to put they can put towards community projects which benefit their ward.  This was originally £10,000 per annum but was reduced to £5,000 in 2016 by the Labour administration.

The Member Budget allows Councillors to make local decisions and priorities on projects in their ward and for their communities by putting funding towards projects which benefit those communities:

Details of the scheme and what has been spent can be found at Cheshire West & Council member budget page.  (It is currently closed to new applications until after the May 2019 election). 

When in opposition the Labour Group on CWC tried to cut the member budget scheme in half, at 2 separate occasions but in their 2015 manifesto they promised to "keep member budgets" however for the 2016 budget they cut member budgets in half.

Labour run CWC also removed the 20% New Homes Bonus which went to Town and Parish Councils to benefit local communities who have new homes built in their area.

Where possible we prefer to help part-fund projects alongside communities or groups themselves and other funding bodies.  Other potential sources of funding can be found as follows:

BIG Lottery Fund: Funding Finder 

Cheshire Community Action: Grants & Funding Page 

Cheshire Community Foundation: Grants page 

Cheshire West & Chester Council: Funding and Grants

Heritage Lottery Fund: Heritage Fund Applications 

National Churches Trust: Grants Programme

Historic Cheshire Churches Preservation Trust: Grant Applications

Rural Services Network: Funding Opportunties Digest 

Sport England: Funding Page

WREN (Arpley & Gowy landfill): FCC community action fund

Garfield Weston Foundation:  Garfield Weston

Bright Life Fund: Funding