New Homes Bonus Community Fund

Cheshire East Council – New Homes Bonus Community Fund

Cheshire East Council’s cabinet has approved a £2m new homes bonus fund to assist communities where new housing developments have been built between 2011 and 2017.  The scheme, which will run for 2 years, is designed to achieve positive benefits based on locally-identified needs.  The priorities for each of the areas are being set by 7 geographical award groups, made up of elected members and a representative from the town and parish councils.

The fund will give local councils and the voluntary, community and faith sector an opportunity to apply for projects that can make a lasting difference to communities and as such the minimum grant figure is set at £10,000 with no upper limit.

The Macclesfield area will benefit from an allocation of £121,739.

Key principles for fund spend:
Projects must demonstrate how they will enhance service delivery and provide tangible community benefits.
Applicants must have appropriate governance in place.
Projects must demonstrate value for money.
The scheme can fund new services or amendment / retention of existing services.
The scheme can be used to fund both capital and revenue projects
Projects must be sustainable with no commitments beyond March 2020.
The minimum allocation is £10,000 and funds may be pooled with neighbouring areas.

If you are a voluntary, community or faith sector organisation and require support with your application you can contact CVS as they are offering free funding support to all organisations, including those who are not members of CVS, wishing to bid to the first round of this fund.  To access support please email

Deadline: There is a single application round for this financial year. Completed applications should be sent to by 31st December 2018.  Due to the Christmas break please try to submit your applications in advance of this deadline to allow for feedback.

All applications will be assessed in January and recommendations made to the award groups with the final decision made by the portfolio holder for finance and communications.  You will be notified about the outcome of your application approximately 6 weeks after the deadline date.

For more information and application forms please visit:

Parish Clerk: Dr Elizabeth Maddock

Lower Withington Parish Council