Phil Bates outside his rebranded offices in Neston

Neston & District Community Fund makes New Year appeal for social projects

The Neston and District Community Fund wants to hear from charities and community groups leading vital social projects.

The Fund, which was launched in 2015, particularly wants to hear from organisations tackling social issues such as youth crime, drug rehabilitation and elderly isolation.

It was set up to specifically support the work of community and voluntary groups in Neston, Little Neston, Parkgate, Burton, Ness, Willaston and Puddington.

Four businesses – Phillip Bates, Clive Watkin Partnership, Rightway and G Tilby Engineering – launched the fund with an initial substantial donation. They followed this up with a further donation in 2016.

A number of grants have so far been given, the most recent one to Healthbox CIC, a not-for-profit organisation committed to delivering lifestyle change programmes in the community.

The grant from the Fund will support the Neston Healthy Families project which works with families with multiple and complex needs. The six-month project supports families who have been identified by primary schools, Plus Dane Housing and Neston Children’s Centre.

Phil Bates, Principal at Phillip Bates & Co chartered accountants, said: “We are proud of the projects we have been able to support since we launched the Neston and District Community Fund almost two years ago, but we know there is so much more to do.

“We particularly want to hear from any group which is helping to tackle deep-seated social issues within our community.”

The fund is administered by Cheshire Community Foundation, which works to match charitable donors with the causes that matter most in Cheshire and Warrington.

Applicants can apply for funding from the Neston & District Community Fund but, if additional funding is needed, other CCF-managed funds may also be able to assist.

Phil Bates added: “One of the big advantages of the Neston & District Community Fund being under the CCF umbrella is that applicants have the potential to tap into funds other than our own, something that may be useful in the case of larger grant applications.”

If you would like to apply for a grant, please email or call Phil Bates on 0151 353 0003.


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