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CWAC Community Response Fund

The Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Community Response Fund has been set up to support community groups through this unprecedented time. 

The focus of the fund is to offer community organisations emergency funding to respond to issues as a result of Coronavirus. 

What is happening 

Around 1,300 residents have already pledged their support for the coordinated community response, which is being organised by the Council, Cheshire West Voluntary Action (CWVA) and the rest of the community and voluntary sector. 

Many new community initiatives have started to appear as west Cheshire shows true community spirit to support some of the most vulnerable residents in the borough. 

The Community Response Fund will help community groups to provide valuable services during the fight against COVID-19. It could support things like training volunteers, administration, marketing, fuel, supplies and other costs. 

Who can apply? 

  • Any group based in Cheshire West and Chester 
  • Voluntary organisations, community groups, small charities and other not-for-profit organisations 

Applications to the Community Response Fund will be considered from groups that show they are providing a service or initiative that benefits others in their community in responding to this emergency. The Council is unlikely to support individuals, businesses and sporting organisations and all applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Any grants over £500 will be considered, but it is expected most grants will be around £2,000. Community initiatives will need to download an application form, complete it and return it to: If groups do not have their own bank account, they should contact the CWAC Locality team for support.