Check out the latest funding opportunities available to community groups and parish and town councils, with a particular focus on community buildings, community spaces and energy projects.
Grants up to £2,500
Deadlines for applications: 26th January and 1st March 2024
Geography: Cheshire West & Chester
This revenue funding is specifically designed to aid organisations in covering additional operational costs associated with establishing and maintaining a Welcoming Space, especially during the winter period and beyond. Grant recipients are encouraged to leverage these funds to enhance their financial sustainability, enabling them to continue their valuable activities beyond March 2024.
Grants up to £10k
Deadline for applications: 8th January 2024
Geography: Cheshire West & Chester
This fund is targeted at community buildings, community groups and parish councils to develop their community buildings and spaces with projects that align with UKSPF priorities. The main outcomes of your project should be focused on financial sustainability – either saving or reducing costs or generating income.
Grants up to £15k (25% match required)
Deadline for applications: 19th February 2024
Geography: Cheshire East
This was previously administered through Spacehive crowdfunding platform but is now open as a competitive grants programme. Grants are available to improve community facilities and buildings, energy efficiency and save carbon through the Improved, Greener Community Facilities Fund, funded by the UK Rural Prosperity Fund. Organisations can apply for 75% of projects costs up to a maximum of £15,000. Applications will be considered from organisations for local projects, meeting the fund objectives and criteria.
Grants up to £40k for feasibility and up to £100k for project development
Deadline for registration of interest (not full applications): 5th January 2024
Geography: Cheshire and Warrington
This fund is aimed at projects that develop local renewable and low carbon energy projects (such as wind farms, hydro power and rural heat networks, community electric vehicle projects
(such as electric vehicle charging points and electric car clubs) and energy efficiency retrofit projects (where there is a business model for a sustainable service).
Grants up to £2,000
Deadline for applications: 13th January 2024
Geography: within 6 mile radius of Chester City Centre
Voluntary Community Faith Sector (VCFS) organisations within the Chester area, including West Cheshire and those parts of Flintshire within a 10 km (6 mile) radius of Chester city centre including Shotton and Connah’s Quay, for projects that help organisations and/or their beneficiaries improve energy efficiency, waste reduction or make use of renewable sources of energy.
Capital grants available: Up to £2million for all asset types, but most awards up to £250k
Revenue grants available: £50k or 20% of capital
Deadline for applications: 31st January 2024
This government fund aims to: support community groups to take ownership of assets which are at risk of being lost to the community; support community groups where the asset is already in community ownership but needs essential renovations to be sustainable for the long-term benefit of the community; strengthen community ownership across the UK and; strengthen the social infrastructure that helps communities to thrive.
Grants available subject to energy assessment (see guidance)
Deadline for applications: August 2024
Eligible organisations can apply for the cost and delivery of an independent energy assessment. This will help identify how to reduce bills through measures such as improving or installing new energy features in the building, or changing how energy is used. These assessments will be useful to organisations whether or not they apply for the second element. Organisations with an energy assessment may then be eligible to apply for a capital grant to install the recommended energy efficiency measures in their premises.