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


A list of some of the funders who work with local projects is below:

Please click on the fund for more information.


Cheshire East Council - Community Grant Scheme

Please note that significant changes have recently been made to this scheme. The aim of the new grants scheme is to support not-for-profit organisations and to inspire local people through social innovation to develop or enhance local projects that will improve the quality of life for local communities.

Two new categories for funding have been developed to meet the changing needs of the Cheshire East community:

My Bright Idea Grants – up to a maximum award of £250 This category aims to provide an opportunity for local residents of Cheshire East who wish to share their skills, interest and passions through volunteering to promote or deliver projects or events that will improve the health and wellbeing of their community. Residents will be able to apply for up to £250 for projects which will be delivered BY local people, be locally owned, and be locally attended.

Our Community Bright Idea Grants – up to a maximum award of £10,000 - This category aims to support the continuation and development of not-for-profit organisations and local projects that are created WITH the local community. this will target grant money to ensure that a greater impact is made on local communities WITH local communities.

The first round of applications will be accepted from October 2019 until 27th December 2019. 

During 2020, there will be four deadlines for applications:

  • 27th March 2020
  • 26th June 2020
  • 25th September 2020
  • 18th December 2020 * please note that the last Friday of December is Christmas Day, therefore, this deadline date has been brought forward by 1 week

The full criteria for the scheme, along with application forms, guidance notes and the supporting policy will available on  Cheshire East grant web pages in the coming weeks. 

For further information, help or support please contact or 01270 685809  

Cheshire Community Foundation - Grants Scheme

Cheshire Community Foundation provide grants of up to £25,000 to support a wide range of charitable activity aimed at improving the quality of life for local people in Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester and Warrington. They give grants to groups addressing priority needs in these communities and for whom a small amount of money can make a really big difference. 

The small grants programme  has 2 monthly grant rounds. The next deadline is 15.11.19 for a mid December decision.

The main grants programme will reopen on 2.1.20 and close on 7.2.20 with the panel meeting to make a decision mid April. 


The Morgan Foundation

The Foundation provides grants to support projects that support organisations helping children, families, elderly, disabled and socially isolated. The Foundation supports projects within their remit area (which is to to the west of the M6).  


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. The Foundation supports projects within their remit area (which is to to the west of the M6).  


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 provide 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.


Does your organisation need some help finding funding?

The Membership Services Team can offer full help and support to CVS Cheshire East Member organisations when submitting applications.

Email: or Tel: 01270 763100

Not a CVS Cheshire East Member? Find out more about Membership here.