Funding and European Matters


Tues 10th Sept

Funding and Support, free event for community and voluntary groups in the Northwich and Winsford area. 9.30am to 12, St John's Church Centre, School Lane, Hartford CW8 1NP. Tea/coffee and Danish pastries on arrival.
The event offers….

·        Information about local funders and grant schemes, with a series of presentations from key funders

·        Networking opportunities with other like minded organisations

·        The opportunity to become a member of the Northwich and Winsford Community Network

A booking form is attached.

If you have any questions please contact Maureen or Fiona,



Funding Advice throughout Northwich and Winsford


Advice on external funding is available throughout Northwich and Winsford:

Cheshire Community Action

Group Development Maureen Fleet (01606) 359732 maureen.fleet[at]

CWAC Members Budgets

Member Budgets Officer Helen Davies (01244) 76989 helen.davies[at]

Chester Voluntary Action (01244) 323 527 (which has a Northwich branch)

EPNAVCO 0151 356 7358 (Have lots of expertise they share with other volunteer bodies)

(Thanks to Fiona at Northwich Information Centre for this compilation)

Community Empowerment, Equality and Diversity
CWAC'sEnabling Community Empowerment fund and Promoting Equality and Diversity fund for 2012 /2013 is now open with applications being due back by 6th January 2012. Both are revenue funds, not capital. Here are the details: Community Empowerment - Promoting Equality and Diversity. If groups want any further information or wish to make a bid to either of the schemes then they should contact: 
Peter Davidson, Grants Officer, Cheshire West and Chester Council.
Tel: 01244 973753, Email: peter.davidson[at]

NCVO on Budget Changes, April 2011
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne MP, has announced a package of measures to support giving.
Delivering what he called a ‘Budget for Growth’ the Chancellor said he would introduce “a series of substantial reforms that will support giving, from the largest donations to the coins collected in the charity bucket". He said this would be a “big help for the Big Society”.
The Budget included measures to:
  • Introduce a Gift Aid small donations scheme - FromApril 2013, the Government will introduce a new scheme to allow charitiesto claim Gift Aid on up to £5,000 of small donations without the need forGift Aid declarations. This promises to be a significant step forward,particularly for smaller charities. 
  • Move to a new online filing system for Gift Aid claims - A first step will be the publication of intelligent online forms.  Government aims to have the online system fully operational by 2013. 
  • Change Gift Aid rules to allow an increased limit for ‘thank you’ gifts - The Gift Aid rules will be changed to ensure that the benefit limit for ‘thank you’ gifts from charities is increased from £500 to £2,500 from April and Government will publish new guidance to clarify whatcounts as a ‘benefit’. 
  • Reduce the rate of inheritance tax by 10% moving from 40% to 36% for estates that leave 10% or more of the estate to charity - This will be a potentially significant benefit to those charities that benefit from legacy income.
  • Increase payments to volunteer drivers - Government will increase the Approved Mileage Allowance Payments rate to 45p per mile (25p after the first 10,000 miles). Government will also extend the passenger allowance of 5p per mile, which is already available tobusiness, to volunteers.   
  • Retaining the Community Investment Tax Relief (CITR) - NCVO has called on government to retain CITR as an important way to stimulate the growth of the social investment market and to channel much neededinvestment into deprived communities.
  • There will be a consultation on reduced tax to incentivise the gift of ‘pre-eminent works of art or historical objects to the nation’.
  • Government will examine ways to promote the take-up of payroll giving, which has been disappointing and has potential to increase therates of giving. 
Read NCVO’s statement on the Budget and look out for more in the members' bulletin later this week.

Earlier this month NCVO wrote to the Chancellor asking him to put in place a series of measures to support the sector. We called on the Government to issue guidance to local authorities to guard against making disproportionate cuts and to work closely with voluntary and community organisations to take long-term decisions on the services they provide. We have been working closely with the Department for Communities and Local Government on this issue over the past few days and will keep you posted on any progress.

NCVO also asked the Chancellor to consider urgently tackling the issue of Shared Services VAT, which acts as a major barrier to collaborative working. We encourage the Government to take this forward as a matter of urgency, in addition to further extending the  scope of the transition fund.

In the face of the significant cuts to public funding, it’s essential that we continue to make the case about the vital work our sector does. I would encourage you to help us monitor the impact of these cuts through so that we can continue to make this case.

Sir Stuart Etherington Chief Executive
National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)
Regent's Wharf, 8 All Saint's Street, London, N1 9RL
Telephone: 020 7713 6161
Fax: 0207 713 6300

You can find the full budget documents here:

Apart from the Feb '08 newsletter -

The October '08 issue is at 


Thurs 21st Oct Voluntary Sector Funding Fair, Winsford Lifestyle Centre: some notes

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