Strategic Commissioning Grants – 2015-16

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1.      Promoting Equality and Diversity*

Cheshire West and Chester Council is again running its Promoting Equality and Diversity Grants scheme in 2015, and Third Sector organisations are invited to apply for grants of between £1,000 and £15,000 for the delivery of activities, campaigns, or services that promote equality and diversity in the Cheshire West and Chester area.

A number of valuable projects funded through this scheme have resulted in positive outcomes for our diverse communities and we would encourage organisations to particularly focus on issues relating to one or more of the following protected characteristics when submitting an application: gender, gender identity, race/ethnicity, religion and belief, disability, sexual orientation or age.

Deadline for applications 16th January 2015.

* Please note community-led Equality & Diversity events and festivals are no longer supported through this grant fund but directly through the Equality & Diversity Team. Please email or call 01244 976008 for further details. 

2.      Carer Breaks Funding

Application criteria 2015-16

Cheshire West and Chester Council together with health partners in Vale Royal CCG and West Cheshire CCG are committed to improving the Health and Wellbeing, and enhancing the overall quality of life, for Carers and the people they care for.

What is a Carer?

A Carer is someone who, without payment, provides help and support to a friend, neighbour or relative who could not manage otherwise because of frailty, illness or disability; this may include helping with personal care, medication, cooking, shopping, housework and giving emotional support. The term ‘Carer’ covers not only adults, but also children who may care for family members who are disabled or chronically ill, or adults who are misusing alcohol or drugs.

To support this commitment a Grant Fund has been established which will support Third Sector Organisations to develop and operate ‘Carer Breaks’ services for the benefit of Carers who provide regular amounts of care for the person they care for.

What is a Carer Break?

A Carer Break can be defined as “Any time spent by a carer in pursuing an activity or interest of their choice, with or without the cared for person, that is provided to improve the carers health and their emotional and physical wellbeing, and that reduces the impact of caring and supports the sustainability of the caring role”

Third Sector Organisations are invited to apply for funding awards up to a maximum of £45,000 to support the delivery of ‘Carer Break’ services between 1st April 2015 and 31st March 2016, and which enable Carers and their families to benefit from the positive effects of receiving Carer Breaks.

Funding objectives

Funding is made available to support the delivery of innovative services that enable and facilitate Carer Breaks (see above), and that meet the following key objectives:

•          Realising and Releasing Potential

Enabling those with caring responsibilities to fulfil their educational and employment potential by removing the barriers to opportunity and promoting access to learning.

•          Supporting Carers to Stay Healthy

Supporting carers to remain mentally and physically well by offering services that provide positive outcomes to an individual’s health and well-being.

•          Life Outside of Caring

Personalised support both for carers and those they support, enabling them to have a family and community life through enabling activities that provide respite from caring and alleviate the impact of the caring role.

Deadline for applications 16th January 2015.

Further information

To obtain further details and application packs on both of the above grants, please contact the Strategic Commissioning Grants Officer by telephone on 01244 973753, or by e-mail to

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