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The Cheshire East Social Action Partnership aims to develop a strong local social impact culture through effective social action, underpinned by a thriving Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) Sector.

The VCFSE sector in Cheshire East is close to communities; understands local needs; provides local services, resources and facilities; and has a vital role to play in reducing pressure on demand for statutory services such as social care and health services.

The new Social Action Partnership provides a new way of working in Cheshire East and will deliver against 4 key outcomes.

Covid-19 Community Response and Recovery Grants

The Social Action Partnership are working in partnership with Cheshire East Council to help local people to support one another through the Covid-19 pandemic. In recognition of the vital role of the VCFSE sector, a time limited fund has been developed. The fund is primarily aimed at supporting projects that will have a high impact over the winter months and to assist residents who are struggling to afford food and other essentials due to the economic impact of Covid-19.

Not-for-profit organisations can apply for funding up to a maximum of £5,000 for projects to meet local need. Applications up to £10,000 will be considered where organisations can demonstrate a wide geographical footprint, and up the £20,000 for collaborative applications involving two or more partners and which can demonstrate sustainability.

Find more information and apply to the fund here and for support and advice from the Social Action Partnership about funding please click here.

Volunteering in Cheshire East

Social Action Partnership are excited to be working in partnership with Cheshire East Council to provide a comprehensive support package for volunteers and for those organisations supporting volunteers across Cheshire East.

If you are interested in volunteering please go to our partnership We are Cheshire East website for more information and how to register your interest in becoming a volunteer in Cheshire East or to access the range of resources and help on offer to you.

If you are Cheshire East Volunteer Coordination Point (VCP), a VCFSE organisation that needs help in recruiting, managing or supporting volunteers, or a Volunteer Manager, please go to our Volunteering page, where you will be able to access useful Tools, Resources and Information to assist.

Cheshire East Crowd

Cheshire East Council’s exciting new crowdfunding initiative encourages community-led projects that will make a difference within our local communities.

Working with Spacehive, the Cheshire East Crowd will give residents, who have ideas to improve their community, the opportunity to gain funding via the crowdfunding platform.

Cheshire East has allocated a total of £100,000 to the programme, with up to £10,000 (or 50 per cent of total project costs) available per idea to boost projects towards their funding target. The deadline to put ideas forward is Wednesday, 15 September 2021.

Companies and organisations are encouraged to offer support to project ideas, whether funding or in-kind, to boost the success of locally-led campaigns.

Visit Cheshire East Crowd here.