Community Grants & Member Budgets

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.

From 2015-19, Cllrs Charles Fifield, Harry Tonge and Paul Williams chose to club their budgets together and invest jointly to help support a variety of projects.  From 2019, Charles and Paul are working closely with our independent ward Councillor to continue to jointly consider projects.

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 at the bottom of the page.

(Please note Funding requests for 2019/20 had to be received by end December 2019 for projects completed by end March 2020).

Cllrs Charles Fifield & Paul Williams

2019/20 Community Grants have included

£400 towards the 2019 Summer Reading Challenge for Sandiway and Weaverham Libraries.

£1,000 towards refurbishment and playschemes project at Weaverham Community Centre

£500 towards Sandiway RBL’s memorial garden

£400 towards access improvements at Owley Wood in Weaverham

£250 towards car park lighting improvements at Acton Bridge Parish Rooms (village hall)

£400 towards youth football provision for Weaverham CYFC

£1,000 towards a speed limit reduction scheme at Cuddington Lane, Cuddington

£300 towards a BID feasibility study for Northwich Road shops, Weaverham

£100 towards disabled access and facilities improvements at Northwich Rowing Club

£200 towards wildflower meadow improvements at Weaverham Memorial Orchard

 

Cllrs Harry Tonge, Charles Fifield & Paul Williams

2018/19 Community Grants have included

£1,100 towards the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge for Sandiway and Weaverham Libraries.

£5,000 towards car parking improvements at Cuddington and Sandiway playing fields.

£900 towards youth football programme for Weaverham CYFC

£300 towards a gazebo for Vale Royal Lions

£600 towards the Weaverham Carnival and Rose Fete

£600 towards the Council’s Children in Care awards

£1,000 towards summer playschemes at Weaverham Community Centre

£500 towards a Northwich Education Partnership Project on inclusion

£600 towards access improvements at Owley Wood in Weaverham

£450 towards a Cheshire Community Development Trust respite project

£600 towards a new mower for the Weaverham Trust

£500 towards new dog fouling bins in Acton Bridge

£300 towards a boxing night at Winnington Park RFC

£300 towards U3A bowling club in Weaverham

£200 towards new chairs for Acton Bridge parish rooms.

£100 towards CWAC workzone “Ready for work” packs

£250 towards new Blue Plaque walks leaflets for Weaverham History Society

£500 towards Cheshire Police Northwich NPU community sports day

£150 towards the Northwich Arts Festival

£300 towards Chester Pride

£450 towards NOW Northwich

2017/18 Community Grants have included

£300 towards the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge for Sandiway and Weaverham Libraries.

£450 towards the Council’s Children in Care Awards.

£700 towards the 2017 Weaverham Rose Fete.

£750 towards lighting for Sandiway & Cuddington Tennis Courts

£500 towards a new community notice board for Dutton Parish Council.

£1,000 towards replacement access gates at Bottom Pitch for Weaverham Trust.

£1,000 towards a defibrillator at St John’s Church Hall, Sandiway.

£1,350 towards helping Northwich Mulit-Sports Club Saturday fun club for disabled children.

£500 towards an outdoor learning project for Weaverham Forest Primary School.

£2,500 towards a disabled access roundabout for Cuddington & Sandiway Parish Council.

£1,000 towards an interactive speed sign for Acton Bridge Parish Council.

£225 towards new electrics at Winnington Park RFC

£1,000 towards a summer play scheme at the Weaverham Community Centre.

£1,000 towards a new mower for Cuddington Bowls Club.

£1,000 towards furniture at the Lighthouse Project in Weaverham.

£300 towards a “baby bounce” project at Sandiway Library.

£420 towards a springboard for Weaverham Gymnastics Club.

£780 towards “crucial crew” road safety project with schools.

£750 towards “Cheshire without abuse” project in Northwich.

£250 towards a community cinema project at Weaverham Community Centre.

2015/16 & 2016/17 Community Grants have included

£1,000 towards new tables and chairs for Weaverham Community Centre.
£4,500 towards Norley Road play area in Cuddington.
£1,000 towards new outdoor seating for Weaverham High School.
£400 towards community engagement project at Sandiway Library.
£470 towards new equipment for Weaverham Gymnastics Club.
£450 towards equipment renewal and building works for Milton Baptist Church in Acton Bridge.
£1,200 towards community notice boards at the Weaverham Community Memorial Orchard, also supported by Hartford & Greenbank Councillors.
£1,500 towards new chairs for St John’s Church Hall in Sandiway.
£1,200 towards sports hall resurfacing at Weaverham Community Centre.
£750 towards new furniture for Acton Bridge Parish Rooms (village hall).
£3,000 towards new outdoor childrens play equipment for Delamere Park.
£500 towards outdoor play equipment for Forest Primary School in Weaverham.
£750 towards establishing a village website for Dutton & Bartington.
£8,000 towards car parking improvements at Mere Lane shops & library in Sandiway.
£400 towards the 2015 summer reading challenge at Sandiway and Weaverham libraries, as part of a borough wide scheme.
£1,300 towards the Weaverham Community Memorial Orchard, also supported by Hartford & Greenbank Councillors.
£1,000 towards Acton Bridge Pre-School
£700 towards Weaverham Rose Queen Fete, ensuring free rather than paid entry, removing the need for fencing.
£800 towards new noticeboards for Dutton Parish Council in Dutton & Bartington.
£1,000 towards Moreton’s Meade activities for the elderly, Weaverham.
£1,200 towards windows replacement in Sandiway Methodist Hall.
£250 towards Big Lunch & Dog Show in Weaverham
£500 towards speed reduction programme on Wallerscote Road in Weaverham.
£1,500 towards car parking improvements at St John’s Church Hall, Sandiway.
£600 towards disabled access improvements at Bottom Pitch, Weaverham.
£750 towards new equipment for Vale Royal Drum Corps in Sandiway.
£250 towards new tents for 1st Sea Scouts in Weaverham.

Prior to May 2015, Cllr Fifield represented the ward with Cllrs John Grimshaw (retired) and Alan Mckie (now representing Helsby) and amongst the projects they jointly supported were the following:

2013/14 & 2014/15 Community Grants included:
£1,000 towards a Defibrilator for Dutton & Bartington Parish Council, who donated it onwards to St John’s Ambulance in Weaverham.
£1,000 towards the Weaverham Sports Academy during the school holidays.
£600 towards establishing an annual village fun day in Acton Bridge.
£4,000 towards improving disabled access to St John’s Church Hall in Sandiway.
£1,500 towards a Village Plan for Cuddington & Sandiway Parish.
£600 towards the Weaverham Rose Queen Fete to allow it move to free entry for all, rather than paid entry, this also means no need to erect fencing.
£250 towards bike safety lights project in Weaverham.
£200 towards the 2013 summer reading challenge at Sandiway and Weaverham libraries.
£1,500 towards the inaugural Rotary Club Beer Festival and Scooter Rally at Blakemere.
£100 towards community transport to assist jobseekers to a Job’s Fair.
£270 towards Northwich wide Special Educational Needs “summer buddies” project.
£750 towards the Northwich Festival.
£1,000 towards the Cuddington & Sandiway Gala for hire of BMX half track.
£500 towards improving disabled access for Weaverham Sea Scouts Hall.
£1,500 towards CCDT summer playshcheme in Weaverham
£500 towards Cuddington 69′ers Youth Club
£300 towards the 2014 Summer reading challenge at Weaverham and Sandiway Libraries
£1,500 towards the Weaverham Village Newsletter
£700 towards the 2014 Weaverham Rose Fete to help it become free entry
£840 towards VRDS Shopmobility in Northwich
£3,600 towards access improvements at Sandiway St John’s Church Hall
£1,200 towards new instruments for Vale Royal Drum Corps
£400 towards a new community notice board at Owley Wood in Weaverham
£3,000 towards a new heating boiler at Weaverham Community Centre
£600 towards the defibrilator cabinet at Cuddington & Sandiway Village Hall
£500 towards older people’s event at Sandiway Library
£2,100 towards refurbishment at Acton Bridge Parish Rooms (village hall)
£250 towards St Bede’s Primary School Jubilee summer fete in Weaverham
£150 towards 2014 Weaverham Big Lunch and Dog Show
£1,500 towards lighting improvements on Norley Road playing fields in Cuddington
£500 towards training acredication for Weaverham Gymnastics Club
£600 towards new tables for Owley Wood Baden Powell Scout Hall in Weaverham
£250 towards the Cuddington & Sandiway Village Plan
£1,618 towards new furniture for Lighthouse Project at St Mary’s Church Hall in Weaverham
£1,000 towards Weaverham Community Centre’s 21st Anniversary project
£200 towards supporting a BMX day at Weaverham High School hosted by Cheshire Police
£150 towards Cheshire West Easting Disorders Support Group
£1,000 towards improving access to Bottom Pitch in Weaverham
£150 towards provision of Bingo at Moreton’s Meade in Weaverham
£500 towards a defibrilator for Petty Pool in Sandiway
£750 towards a community memorial orchard in Weaverham
£5,000 towards grass verge & car parking improvements in Cuddington & Sandiway
£9,000 towards grass verge & car parking improvements in Weaverham

2012/13 Community Grants included:
£4,000 towards Defibrilators in Acton Bridge, Cuddington & Sandiway, Delamer Park and Weaverham.
£1,500 towards the Weaverham Sports Academy during the school holidays.
£3,000 towards the Queen’s Jubilee Event in Weaverham
£2,500 towards the Queen’s Jubilee Event in Cuddington
£1,300 towards the Queen’s Jubilee Event in Acton Bridge
£600 towards the Queen’s Jubilee Event in Dutton.
£4,050 towards CCDT Summer Playschemes in Weaverham and Cuddington, as part of a project accross Northwich and Frodsham areas.
£2,500 towards roof insulation at Weaverham Sea Scouts.
£510 towards Cuddington Village Walks Booklet
£200 towards the Cuddington and Weaverham Libraries summer reading challenge, as part of a CWC wide project.
£1,800 towards tennis court improvements at Delamere Park
£2,500 towards “Bottom Pitch” purchase of land near Owley Wood, Weaverham
£1,500 towards the Northwich Festival, also supported by other CWC Councillors across the Northwich area.
£450 towards the Northwich Media Academy, also supported by other CWC Councillors across the Northwich area.
£300 towards the Weaverham St Mary’s Mother’s Union Centenary Celebrations
£800 towards a new bike shelter at Forest Street Primary School, Weaverham
£600 towards the Northwich Beer Festival, also supported by other CWC Councillors across the Northwich area.

2011/12 Community Grants included:
£1,500 towards the July 2011 Cuddington Gala which is in its 2nd year to help build momentum to ensure it contiunues as an annual event.
£1,500 towards the Cheshire Community Development Trust August 2011 Summer Playscheme in Weaverham to provide support for parents with young children during the summer holidays.
£750 towards Northwich RUFC, as part of the August Bank Holiday Northwich Festival, which was also supported by other CWC Councillors in the Northwich and surrounding area.
£700 towards the annual Northwich Beer Festival, organised by CAMRA and the Round Table, which was also supported by other CWC Councillors in the Northwich and surrounding area.
£300 towards the production of an updated Weaverham Heritage Trail leaflet for the Weaverham History Society.
£557 towards supporting the 90th Anniversary Royal British Legion (Cheshire Group North) “Last Night of the Proms” event at the Brindley in Runcorn in October 2011, also supported by Frodsham & Helsby and Weaver Cllrs.
£1,000 towards the Podcast of the entire Public Inquiry for the TATA Incinerator, which was also supported by other CWC Councillors in the Northwich and surrounding area.
£6,000 towards the 1st Cuddington & Sandiway Scout Group, refurbishment programme towards the Scout Hall in Cuddington.
£1,500 towards CCTV improvements at Weaverham Community Centre.
£1,000 towards the kitchen refurbishment at Weaverham St Mary’s Hall, Lighthouse Community project.
£150 towards Milton Baptist Youth Club projects in Acton Bridge.
£300 towards the inaugural Weaverham Beer Festival.
£450 towards a local storyteller project for the Friends of Wallerscote School PTA.
£1,150 towards community projects in Acton Bridge.
£500 towards a disabled fishing platform at for Lymm Anglers in Dutton.
£5,100 towards off street car parking improvements (soil stabilisation) in Weaverham.
£5,000 towards the development of a BMX track in Sandiway.

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If you have a Community Project in Weaver and Cuddington or that would benefit the residents of Weaver and Cuddington, and would like to enquire about the possibility of obtaining a grant, please contact us.

Full details of the Member Budget scheme and expenditure can be found here.

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 below, please note these sources will often have strict criteria on both what and who they can fund:

BIG Lottery Fund: Funding Finder

Cheshire Community Action: Grants & Funding Page 

Cheshire Community Foundation: Grants page

Cheshire West & Chester Council: Funding and Grants

Rural Services Network: Funding Opportunities Digest

Heritage Lottery Fund: Heritage Fund Applications

National Churches Trust: Grants Programme

Historic Cheshire Churches Preservation Trust: Grant Applications

Sport England: Funding Page

Football Foundation: Football Facilities Grants

WREN (Arpley & Gowy landfill): FCC community action fund

Garfield Weston Foundation:  Garfield Weston

Bright Life Fund: Funding

Rank Foundation: Pebble Grants

Armed Forces Covenant Fund inc. Veterans: Covenant Fund  

Peoples Postcode Trust (human rights / combating discrimination / poverty prevention): Postcode Grants

Postcode Community Trust (Health & well being / arts & physical recreation / reducing isolation): Community Grants

Postcode Local Trust (Green space / environment / open space access): Local Grants

Ecclesiastical insurance Movement for Good: Local Grants

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation: TCF Grants

Masonic Charitable Fund: MCF Grants

Clothworkers Foundation: Open Grants

Tudor Trust for marginal communities: TT Grants

William & Jane Morris Fund for pre-1896 features: Church Conservation Grants

Architectural Heritage Fund for Historic Buildings: Grants

NFU Mutual Charitable Trust: Rural Grants 

Blue Spark Foundation for Children & Young People: BSF Grants

Family Fund Trust for Families with Disabled or seriously ill Children: Family Fund

Variety: The Children’s Charity: Variety Grants

Alan Dickson Trust for young volunteers: AD Grants

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust: AHP Grants

Ford Britain Trust – Ford Grants

Groundwork – Community Spirit: Community Grants

Arts Council England: Arts & Culture Grants

Yapp Charitable Trust for running costs of charities: Yapp Grants

Esmee Fairburn Foundation for grants to existing charities: EFF Grants

Power to Change: Support for Community Business: PtC Grants

War Memorials Trust (existing only): Grants

(Factsheet on New War Memorials)