Cheshire Community Foundation is celebrating giving out over £1million pounds of grants to projects across Cheshire in 2018.

CCF, one of 46 nationally accredited Community Foundations, makes grants to support grassroots groups across Cheshire and Warrington.

It helps to match businesses and private individuals with the causes that matter most in the region.

Cheshire Community Foundation celebrates awarding over £1million of grants in 2018
Zoe Sheppard, CEO of Cheshire Community Foundation

Total grants awarded in 2018 came to £1,033,072. This comprised 135 grants with an average grant size of £7,652. In total, over 154,000 people benefitted from CCF grant support during 2018.

High profile initiatives include CCF’s Young Minds Matter programme which helps to tackle mental health issues among young people. To date, four projects have received funding of £196,709.

In partnership with housing management provider ForHousing, CCF launched the ForCheshireWest Fund. The Fund has been set up to specifically target the needs of communities in Cheshire West.

CCF also distributes funding secured through national programmes, most recently the Tampon Tax Community Fund. Six projects across Cheshire and Warrington won a share of a £43k pot funded by Cheshire Community Foundation and the Tampon Tax Community Fund.

Zoe Sheppard, CEO of CCF, said:

“It was a fantastic year for CCF and we are delighted to have awarded over £1 million of grants to 135 deserving projects across Cheshire.

“It is our mission to ensure that the money we receive from our donors is directed towards making the biggest difference to people’s lives.

“We connect the people who want to give back with the most effective grass-roots charities and not-for-profit organisations, directly helping those most in need, whilst enabling our donors to feel proud that they have made a real difference.”