Since 2011 Cheshire West and Chester Borough Councillors have an annual Member Budget to put they can put towards community projects which benefit the ward. This was originally £10,000 per annum, which 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.
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 goes 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