A £200,000 FUND is being launched to support improvements in rural areas across Cheshire West and Chester.

The initiative is open to local groups, charities and small organisations.

They can apply for funding of between £5,000 and £20,000.

Any grant must be match-funded by 50% from another source.

The grant programme will be administered by the council’s rural agenda and market towns team.

Applications will be received and reviewed by the borough’s regeneration policy development board which is chaired by Cllr Stuart Parker (Con, Gowy.)

“I am absolutely delighted that the executive has agreed to introduce this initiative,” said Cllr Parker.

“As a rural councillor myself I fully understand the problems faced by rural villages and communities.

“I very much look forward to my committee receiving the first applications for our consideration.”

He added:“This will be the first step in securing grant aid for successful initiatives and I am sure that we will be able to help a wide range of ideas and plans jump from the drawing board to reality.”

Information and an application form is available by emailing: ruralsupport@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

The rural funding programme will provide support for community groups and organisations and improve opportunities within rural communities.

Applications must meet at least one of the following priorities:

Community safety

Healthier communities

Rural economy


Children and Young People

Village Halls and community buildings

Services for older people.