Grant Read Through Service for CVS Members

CVS Development Officers can read through any bids prior to submission, or even support the writing of a bid. It can be so useful for someone outside your organisation to read through grant applications. Something may make sense to you, but not to a potential funder and could jeopardize your chances of a successful grant application.

Get in touch with your organisation's CVS Development Officer or contact CVS directly us and we will be delighted to help you with your bids: email or call 01270 763100.


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Morgan Pledges £1million A Week To Charities Hit By Coronavirus

Philanthropist and businessman Steve Morgan is today pledging £1m per week  to charities to help some of the most vulnerable sectors of society cope with Coronavirus.

Charities in Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales looking for emergency funding should email in the first instance. To check the criteria go to


Cheshire Community Foundation

CCF are temporarily pausing the programme, as they are currently reviewing how best to support charitable organistions through the longer term emergency and recovery phases. (Updated 02/07/2020). Please visit their website here for regular updates

Please check back to this page regularly for further updates on the funding that will available for covid-19 support – including details of the criteria and how to apply.

If you had stated an application, but not submitted it for Phase 1, you should be able to cut and paste responses into the new application form, when it is made available.  Should anyone have difficulty retrieving an application that had started, but not submitted, please do get in touch at


Cheshire Minds Matter (Cheshire Community Foundation)

This fund has been specifically set up by a number of donors wishing to capacity build organistions who support the mental health and wellbeing of vulnerable people affected by covid-19. Grants will support capacity, new ways of working, innovation and improve ability to adapt, thrive and survive (see criteria below)

Grants up to £15000 for single organistions and up to £50,000 for partnerships  

Open now for Expressions of Interest until 30th July 

Click HERE  for the Cheshire Minds Matter Programme Criteria which outlines the priorities for funding and the outcomes to be achieved. 

Click HERE to download the Expression of Interest Form 

Groups will be notified Early August  if they have been selected to move forward to the full application stage. 


The Assura Community Fund (Cheshire Community Foundation)

Grants between £1000 to £5000 • within a 15-mile radius of an Assura Healthcare building (Chelford, Macclesfield, Crewe, Nantwich) • Deadline 14th September 2020

This programme will support health and wellbeing* projects for charitable organisations delivering services within a 15-mile radius of an Assura Healthcare building – click HERE to check your project activity location.

Cheshire Community Foundation is delighted to be working in partnership with Assura Plc to deliver this £550,000 grants programme to support health and wellbeing projects.

Minimum/Maximum grant size: £1000 to £5000 to be spent over one year

Current deadline 14th September 2020

They reserve the right to close the programme early if they reach sufficient quantities and quality of applications sooner than the deadline – therefore groups are encouraged to start the process as soon as possible and apply early.


Programme Criteria:  Click HERE for the  Assura Community Fund Programme Criteria   which outlines the priorities for funding and the outcomes to be achieved.

Online Application form: Click HERE for the online application form. 

Date you will hear the outcome of your application  mid-November 2020


Open For Applications

Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme - Apply for funding for security measures to protect against hate crime.

The Home Office is pleased to announce that the fifth round of the Places of Worship (POW) Protective Security Funding Scheme is now open for applications until 23:59 on the 9 August 2020. 

The Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme is a key commitment of our 2016-2020 Hate Crime Action Plan and more than 180 places of worship have been awarded grants to install measures such as protective alarms, security lighting and access controls.

The scheme is open to places of worship and associated faith community centres (we define this as a community centre run by a place of worship or near a place of worship that is faith based, and where regular worship takes place) across England and Wales. 

Further details of the funding scheme and how to apply are provided via the link below. PDF leaflet can be downloaded here.


Covid-19 Community Response and Recovery Grant


In recognition of the vital role played by the voluntary, community and faith sector in both the response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the recovery, this time limited fund has been developed by the council to support local organisations through this pandemic.

The aim of the Covid-19 community response and recovery fund is to support these organisations to adapt to new ways of offering support to communities, both during and following the coronavirus pandemic, as well as maintain and continue to offer services as government restrictions are lifted.

Not-for-profit organisations are able to apply for a grant up to a maximum of £5,000 for projects and services for both response and recovery-type applications. The response-type applications include additional staffing, DBS checks, volunteer expenses, meal delivery services, food bank services and personal protective equipment (PPE).

Recovery-type applications include supporting employment, mental health support, hardship funds, financial advice, supporting connectivity and building community resilience.

Find out more here

Allen Lane Foundation

The Foundation provides grants for up to three years, with a total value of £500-£15,000, although the average grant size is £5,000 – £6,000. In order to apply, your organisation does not need to be a registered charity as long as it is carrying out work for charitable purposes and works with one or more of these groups:

  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • Gypsies and Travellers
  • Migrant Workers
  • Offenders and Ex-offenders
  • Older People
  • People experiencing mental health problems
  • People experiencing violence or abuse

The Foundation also offers a social cohesion appointment which specifically funds projects that aim to proactively break down barriers and tensions between different groups of people. With this fund the Foundation hopes support projects will help to build a more cohesive and inclusive community for everyone.

The Esmee Fairburn Foundation

The Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities and is one of the largest independent grant makers in the UK. It makes grants annual towards a wide range of work within the arts, education and learning. The particularly fund organisations and projects considered ‘hard to fund’ and both registered charities and social enterprises/CIC’s.

Hays Travel Foundation 

*Covid update - Hays Travel have currently suspended their charitable giving and will announce when, and if, funding re-opens (updated 2/6/20)

Whether you're an organisation or an individual and have a worthy cause, don't hesitate to approach your local Hays Travel for help. While the Hays Travel Foundation primarily focuses on supporting young people, our branches have the freedom to make their own decision about who and what they would like to fundraise for. 

Max. application of £15,000

Ecclesiastical – ‘Movement for Good’ Awards

The £1m giving programme has two funding categories:

  • £1,000 donations to 500 charities 
  • £50,000 grants to 10 charities 

Ecclesiastical say: “We know that for many charities, £1,000 can make a real difference. We also know the importance of longer-term funding for charities, especially when trying to bring ambitious new ideas to life. Through our £50,000 awards, we’re actively championing innovation, giving charities the backing they need to propel their plans forward. 


Homeless Link Funding:

Homeless Link Social Investment Fund – Dedicated support and flexible loan/grant packages from £25,000 to £150,000 to help you help more homeless people.


Enterprise Grants

Helping homelessness sector organisations make a transition to new enterprise models or to grow existing ones:

● Feasibility Grants from £5,000 - £10,000

● Development Grants up to £50,000


Allchurches Trust

The Allchurches Trust funds projects that demonstrate a focus on the impact on people and communities, offering small grants of between £1,000 - £15,000 (larger grants are also available for projects costing over £1 million). 

The Foyle Foundation

The Foyle Foundation's Small Grants Scheme supports smaller, UK based, registered charities working at grassroots and local community level. Trustees will consider projects in 'any field, across a wide range of activities', provided your organisation has an annual turnover of less than £150,000 per annum. 
One-year grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available to cover core costs, equipment or project funding. 

The Goodman Foundation 

This charitable foundation focuses on social change and improving the lives of those less privileged in the community. They make grants to charities working with people on low incomes, older people and those with disabilities or ill health. Their average grant is around £12,000, and they are known to give grants for equipment, project costs and warehousing/office space.

The foundation also offers fundraising and volunteer support as well as regular payroll donations to their chosen community partners. There are no deadlines and no application form - simply apply in writing to the Foundation's registered office: 

The Goodman Foundation
c/o ABP 
Unit 6290
Bishops Court 
Solihull Parkway 
Birmingham Business Park 
B37 7YB

The Sobell Foundation 

*Update from Sobell Foundation (May 2020) Due to the current circumstances we regret that we are at present only accepting applications from charities we have recently supported. New grants will be awarded for a one-year period. We will update the website when the situation changes.

If you are a current grantee and would like to discuss allocating any project funding towards core funding, please email us. If you are due to submit an evaluation form, this can be brief and simple.

This charitable foundation provides grants of up to UK registered charities working in the following areas: 

  • Medical care and treatment, including respite care and hospices
  • Care for physically and mentally disabled adults and children
  • Education and training for adults and children with physical and learning disabilities
  • Care and support of the elderly
  • Care and support for children
  • Homelessness

Most grants are for amounts under £50,000. There are no deadlines 

The Radcliffe Foundation

Applications can be made to either the Music Scheme (next deadline 31st August) or the Heritage & Crafts Scheme (next deadline 31st July).  The Radcliffe Trust will only accept on-line applications.


The Edward Gostling Foundation offers a small grants programme (under £10k) and a large grants programme (over £10k) and wants all of their grants to have a significant impact across one or more of their 4 life "themes".  The themes are broad-ranging and they support many activities within each. The 4 themes are

- Health and Wellbeing
- Independent Living at Home
- Respite
- Transition

For more details about the above themes and to apply click here

Postcode Community Trust

The Postcode Community Trust makes grants for grassroots projects that use sports, arts, recreation and wellbeing programmes to improve physical and mental health. Unregistered groups can apply for up to £2000 and registered charities for a maximum of £20,000.

Baily Thomas Charitable Fund

This funder supports registered charities for projects that work with people who have a learning disability and/or autism. Grants can fund a range of activities including employment schemes, play schemes, day and social activities, support for families and independent living schemes but also capital building/renovation and refurbishment works.

There is a rolling programme for small grants up to £10,000.


The Screwfix Foundation makes grants to registered charities and voluntary groups for projects that will fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities for those in need. Maximum application £5000. All applications are reviewed individually by the team on a quarterly basis, the review dates are in February, May, August and November. 

Nationwide Community Grants

 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 eight UK regions annually and is looking for local housing projects that will strengthen your local community by supporting the most vulnerable, finding new approaches to increasing the supply of housing or by reinventing renting for both tenants and landlords. Download their grant criteria here. Their top tips for a good application can be accessed here.

Armed Forces  Covenant Fund Trust:

A small number of large grants will be made to single lead organisations who will work with delivery organisations to fund the development of new and innovative ways to support veterans with severe mental health needs who do not meet the criteria for hospitalisation and to support their families and carers.

Charles Hayward Foundation

Has two grant programmes available for UK Registered Charities: Main grant programme: Social & Criminal Justice and Heritage & Conservation (for charities with an income of more than £350,000) and Overseas (for charities with an income between £150,000 and £5,000,000). Small grant programme:  Social & Criminal Justice and Older People (for charities with an income of less than£350,000).Within all of the above categories, they fund project costs and capital expenditure. For guidance on the types and size of grants they make, please refer to specific category guidelines, also downloadable click here.

Masonic Charitable Foundation – Early Years Opportunities Grants Programme

Grants for charities in England and Wales that support disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people (up the age of 25 years) to overcome the barriers they face in order to achieve the best possible start in life.

New Transform Foundation Funding

New funding programme designed to fund the development of new websites for smaller charities. They class 'smaller' charities in this instance as charities with an annual income of between £100k and £350k.

The Archer Trust

This charitable trust makes grants of £250 - £3,000 towards social welfare projects, particularly those which involve a Christian element. 

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

New grants programme open for Rural Issues and Urban Deprivation in the 2 following areas: 'Community Support' and 'Arts, Education and Heritage'. 

The Royal British Legion's External Grants

The programme is open to applications from organisations running, or planning, charitable activities in support of the Armed Forces community.

Applications for projects supporting the following outcome themes will be prioritised:

  • Employment and training
  • Family support
  • Homelessness and outreach
  • Supporting the elderly

Please note that the Legion is not inviting applications for multi-year funding at this time. Applications will only be considered for 'one off' payments. Continuation funding may be applied for in following years. The typical grant award is not likely to exceed £50,000 – smaller applications are encouraged.

Clothworker's Foundation

Capital Small Grants (upto £10,000) and Main Grants (No max grant but average of £25,000) open for  application for areas including: Alcohol and substance misuse, Disabled people, disadvantaged minority communities, Disadvantaged young people, Domestic and sexual violence, Older people, Homelessness, Prisoners and Ex-offenders and Visual Impairment.

Biffa Community Buildings Award

Grants from £10,000 - £75000 to provide or improve community buildings to act as a mechanism for community involvement

AB Charitable Trust  

The A B Charitable Trust (ABCT) is an independent, UK based grant-making organisation founded in 1990 that is concerned with promoting and defending human dignity.
ABCT supports charities that defend human rights and promote respect for vulnerable individuals whatever their circumstances. The Trust is particularly interested in charities that work with marginalised and excluded people in society with a focus on:
- migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
- criminal justice and penal reform
- human rights, particularly access to justice
Grants range in size, with most grants awarded being in the range of £10,000 to £20,000. ABCT will fund core costs.

The Henry Smith charity

Following a review of its grant procedures, the Funder has refined its Main Grant programmes, separating it into two defined funds that aims to work with people for whom other sources of support have failed, been inappropriate or are simply not available.   Grant sizes are generally between £10,000 and £60,000 and are for charities and not-for-profit organisations, including social enterprises that are based and working in the UK. There are no deadlines. Applications are considered on a regular basis, depending on the fund applied to.

Comic Relief

Three funding initiatives- Safety From: Spaces To: Try for Change Thriving, Not just Surviving: Young Men and Mental Health, To find out more click here.

Tudor Trust

Tudor makes grants and provides other types of support, to voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK. They particularly want to help smaller, community-led organisations that work directly with people who are at the margins of society: organisations that support positive changes in people’s lives and in their communities. They want to respond flexibly to your ideas and energy, and to fund effective organisations working to high standards. For more information click here


Local Funding Bodies

Funders based in Cheshire and Cheshire East that want to specifically fund local projects just like yours


Williams Family Foundation

The Williams Foundation provides funding for Registered Charities that aid those in need, including young people, the elderly, people with learning or physical disabilities and people of ill health.  


Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund

The Fund provides grants of up to £3,000 for funds to support neighbourhood and community projects throughout the area near to the airport. Organisations that are within a 10 mile radius of the airport are eligible to apply. 


Robert Clutterbuck Charitable Trust

Provides grant funding for a variety of charities from £1,000 to £3,000. Deadlines for applications are 30th June and 31st December with Trustees meeting in March and September.


Crewe Town Council

Grants are available to community groups and projects that are based in or benefit the people of Crewe. 


Knutsford Town Council

Grants of up to £10,000 to give to projects which bring a benefit to the Knutsford Community. 



C4C provides grants which make a difference to the local community of Congleton. Applications above £1000 are reviewed three times a year within the Cheshire Community Foundations timetable.


Nantwich Town Council

Grants for Community and voluntary groups delivering services in Nantwich.  The deadline for applications between £500 - £5000 is 1st October for payment in April the following year.  Applications for small grants up to £500 are invited throughout the year. 


Sandbach Town Council

Grants for community and voluntary groups delivering services in Sandbach. Grant applications are discussed in the Town Councils quarterly finance meetings.


Wilmslow Town Council

Grants for community and voluntary groups to support their work in Wilmslow. Wilmslow Town Council considers grant recommendations from its Finance Committee on a quarterly basis at its main Council meeting.


Alsager Town Council

Grants to help voluntary groups, local organisations and clubs in the town. 


Middlewich Town Council

Funding for community and voluntary groups who make a difference to the community of Middlewich.

Application form and more details can be found here.


Macclesfield Town Council

Funding for community and voluntary groups who work and make a difference in the town of Macclesfield.


The Sandstone Ridge Trust - Stepping Stones Grants

Grants of up to £750 are available for community groups and schools for projects that promote the conservation and enhancement of the landscape and natural beauty of the Cheshire Sandstone Ridge. More about the fund can be found here. The Grant Application Form can be found here.

Applications can be made at any time.