Alvanley and Manley Pre-School, Elton Community Centre and Frodsham Allotments are among the community projects that will benefit from the latest series of grants.

A variety of community-based projects have been awarded just over £72,000 in the latest, the eighth, round of awards since the Marshes Community Benefit Fund was established in 2016.

The Marshes Community Benefit Fund (MCBF) Panel reveals the projects which have been awarded funding from the annual £120,000 community payments made by Frodsham Wind Farm Limited.

“When the panel made the last awards back in May 2020 it did not envisage that, in November due national lockdown, we would again have to consider the latest applications through the Zoom’s meeting platform, but this did not deter the Panel’s scrutiny and, as always, there was much debate regarding all the applications. The members agreed to award a total of just over £72,000 to eight projects which, in the views of the Panel majority, really encapsulated the requirements and objectives of the Community Benefit Fund.”
Joycey Bailey, MCBF Panel Member, PR.

The following is a snapshot of successful applicants and how the funding will be used:

4th Frodsham Scout Group - the improvements afforded by their £11,500 award will go towards phase one of planned works, ensuring the garage refurbishment is completed.

Alvanley and Manley Pre School - £8,500 awarded to purchase a 9-seater minibus.

Elton Community Centre - £18,120 towards improving the facilities for the village.

Frodsham Allotments - £2,500 to provide a mains water supply to their Kingsway site.

Helsby Football Club - £3,000 to ensure that they can meet their pitch fees and continue playing throughout the coming season.

Helsby Sports Club - £8,054 to buy maintenance equipment for their new 3G pitch and a large storage container in which to house the equipment.

Ince Village Hall - £18,000 award to begin a multi-stage project, to rejuvenate the hall.

Red Lion Crown Green Bowls - £2,500 to purchase additional equipment which will enable them to set up weekly sessions locally.

Dianne Walker (Panel Chair) praised the efforts of the community volunteer groups who took time and effort to apply for funding.

For details of the Fund and information on the application process you can visit the FAQ page at Applications for the next round of funds re-opened on 1st December 2020 and close on 28th February 2021.