The second round of Vivo Care Choices’ Community Fund is now open for applications until Wednesday 28 October.

The Community Fund is worth £20,000 in total, with £10,000 available in the second round. Community initiatives across west Cheshire have already benefited from the Fund, helping them provide valuable services in their communities.

Cheshire West Voluntary Action (CWVA) is managing the Community Fund and applications are judged by a Panel, including Vivo staff and people using its services, to make sure grants go to worthy community initiatives.

Alistair Jeffs, Managing Director of Vivo, said: “It’s fantastic to be able to support community initiatives across west Cheshire that are doing so much valuable work.

“The grants we gave out during the first round of applications have been put to great use, particularly with the challenges all communities are facing because of COVID-19.

“We’re keen to hear from as many community initiatives as possible about how a grant could support their organisation.”

Who can apply

You need to be a not-for-profit organisation based in west Cheshire to access Vivo’s Community Fund. Your activities should also reflect one or more of the following aims.

  • Community activities for people with learning disabilities, autism and complex needs.
  • Community activities for older people and those with dementia.
  • Environmental activities for older people and those with dementia.
  • Environmental activities for people with learning disabilities, autism and complex needs.

Funding can be used to pay for sessional workers, transport, equipment, volunteer expenses and other project costs.

Although the Fund can support community initiatives responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been set up to help a range of different projects benefiting communities across west Cheshire. Smaller community initiatives that may have struggled to access some of the other funding streams available are more likely to be supported.

The second round of the Community Fund is worth £10,000 in total, with grants ranging from £500 to £3,000, so please bear in mind that it won’t be able to support all applicants.

If you have any questions about Vivo’s Community Fund, please email: enquiries@chesterva.org.uk.