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Latest Funds:

Building Connections Fund has been set up to support projects that are able to prevent or reduce loneliness.

The fund is a partnership between Government, Big Lottery Fund and the Co-op Foundation and aims to:

  • increase social connections, helping people form strong and meaningful relationships and creating a sense of community and belonging, and helping people feel more connected
  • support organisations to build on their existing work, eg by reaching more people, or working in a new area or with a different method or group of people
  • encourage organisations to join up with others locally
  • improve the evidence base and use learning to inform longer term policy and funding decisions

More details, including how to apply, can be found at here.

Carers Hub Carers Choice Grant - Through the Carers Choice Grants we want to invest in the skills and expertise that exists in the Cheshire East voluntary sector, creating a wider infrastructure of Carers support through partnerships, joint working and a shared vision for the caring community.  The grant is available to not for profit organisations and community groups, social enterprises, town or parish councils and educational establishments applying for non-curricular projects supporting Carers to take a break from their caring role

 Theses breaks should enable Carers to take a break and 

  • Reduce the likelihood of reaching Carer breakdown
  • Have a life outside of caring
  • Feel less isolated and better supported
  • Improve overall health and wellbeing
  • Reduce reliance on more intensive support

Eligible applicants will be based in Cheshire East and/or are currently delivering services for community benefit in Cheshire East.  They will also need to demonstrate that their project or activity provides Carers with a break from their caring role, achieving one or more of the expected outcomes above.

 Applications are due in by 7th September 2018.  Applications will then be assessed by an Evaluation Panel, shortlisted applicants will be invited to present their project at a Decision Day in September 2018 and Carers will vote for which projects to fund. Click here for guidelines and click here for an application form.

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'. 


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 - expression of interests deadline - 13.8.18 - grants from £10,000 - £75000 to provide or improve community buildings to act as a mechanism for community involvement


#iwill are offering grants to make social action for 10 - 20 year olds part of life - funding is availabe for staffing, development and capacity building, volunteer and activity costs


Steve Morgan Foundation: This grant supports people of all ages in financial hardship, who are in need of specialist equipment. Individuals or organisations can apply for this funding by clicking here


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 launches 3 NEW funding initiatives
This week Comic Relief is excited to launch three new funding initiatives. The funding initiatives now open for applications are:
Safety From: Spaces To: Try for Change Thriving, Not just Surviving: Young Men and Mental Health, To find out more click here.
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 hereFor Tudor Trust guidelines for 2017-18 click here

If you are thinking of applying for any funding let us help you!

Please don't forget our Grant Read Through Service
Remember that for Members, our Development Officers can read any bids prior to submission.
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 us and we will be delighted to help you with your bids: email or call 01270 763100.