CHESHIRE Community Action has been getting down to grass roots.
Lord Mayor of Chester, Cllr Brian Bailey, presented community groups from Cheshire with cheques as part of the Government’s Grassroots scheme.
Thirty-six groups were successful in their funding bids including the City of Chester training band, Dodleston Senior Citizen’s Lunch Club, Tarvin Community Woodland Trust and Friends of Neston Library.
The Grassroots scheme is for voluntary and community groups and grants are worth between £250 and £5,000 for groups with annual incomes below £20,000.
The Government has also set aside a £50m pot from which it will match endowment investments from local individuals and businesses.
Phil Hope, former minister for the Third Sector, said: “Grassroots grants put essential cash in the hands of small local voluntary groups without all the paper work required for larger grants.”
The programme is funded by the Office of The Third Sector and administered by the Community Development Foundation. Cheshire Community Action is one of 68 local funders who distribute grants directly.
For more information, call Cheshire Community Action on 01244 323602 or visit www. cheshireaction.org.uk.
To donate, visit www.thecheshireendowment. org.uk or telephone 01244 323602.