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Cheshire West Rural Support Programme

For applications from April 2014 onwards there is a minimum grant of £2,000 and a maximum of £20,000.

Annually there are three deadlines for funding:
31 May
30 September
31 January

Decisions on applications will be made within six weeks of submission.

Match funding

We require match funding of 50 per cent, so for example if your project is worth £15,000 we would fund a maximum of £7,500. Match funding can come from a number of different sources including other funding bodies, or private match but we can only accept in kind contributions to a maximum of 50 per cent of the value of our grant funding.

Who can apply

We welcome applications from community organisations, charitable groups and other constituted groups who are carrying out work for the benefit of the local community. We also welcome applications from local communities who are constituted and who are trying to make improvements to their community and may need support from other areas of the Council to develop those opportunities.

Any project funded by the Rural Support Programme must show how it will assist with the delivery of Cheshire West and Chester Council's Sustainable Community Strategy.

Applications must meet at least one of the following priorities:
community safety
healthier communities
rural economies
environment
children and young people
village halls and community buildings
services for older people.

Full details of the Sustainable Community Strategy can be found on Cheshire West and Chester Council's website at: hwww.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/community_strategy

This funding is targeted at the rural areas of Cheshire West and Chester Council.Therefore the following areas cannot apply for funding:
Northwich town council area
Winsford town council area
Ellesmere Port area boundary
Chester area boundary

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