Grant ap­pli­ca­tions now open

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

AP­PLI­CA­TIONS are now open to a com­mu­nity sup­port scheme which gives char­i­ties, vol­un­tary groups and not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions across Cheshire East the chance to win grants of £500.

Equilib­rium As­set Man­age­ment has run the scheme since 2015 and awarded £9,300 in funds to com­mu­nity groups to date.

The scheme serves to sup­port or­gan­i­sa­tions in the com­mu­nity which help dis­ad­van­taged peo­ple, pro­mote sport and the arts, sup­port ed­u­ca­tion and de­vel­op­ment and ben­e­fit the en­vi­ron­ment in Knutsford, Wilm­slow and Mac­cles­field.

Colin Lawson, Founder and Part­ner of Equilib­rium As­set Man­age­ment, which is based in Wilm­slow, said: “Ever since in­tro­duc­ing the Com­mu­nity Sup­port Scheme in 2015, we have taken great pride in be­ing able to sup­port the in­cred­i­ble work done by so many dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions in Cheshire East.

“The rea­son we chose to sup­port or­gan­i­sa­tions em­bed­ded in their own com­mu­ni­ties is be­cause we are pas­sion­ate about help­ing them in any way we can.

“We are in a po­si­tion, for­tu­nately, to run a Com­mu­nity Sup­port Scheme that of­fers fund­ing which many or­gan­i­sa­tions need to con­tinue the ex­cel­lent work that they do.”

He added: “We have a num­ber of dif­fer­ent grants avail­able in what is the sec­ond round of the 2017 scheme. We hope that plenty of ap­pli­ca­tions will be sub­mit­ted, and or­gan­i­sa­tions that sub­se­quently win fund­ing will be able to use it for the ben­e­fit of the com­mu­ni­ties they serve.”

Ap­pli­ca­tions to the sec­ond round of this year’s scheme can be sub­mit­ted up un­til June 25.

The com­mu­nity sup­port scheme is one of a num­ber of ini­tia­tives the fi­nan­cial plan­ning ex­pert runs as part of its char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tion, which aims to raise £250,000 for lo­cal char­i­ties by 2020.

Win­ners in round one of the 2017 com­mu­nity sup­port scheme, which ran be­tween Jan­uary and April, in­cluded The Oak­mere Singers As­so­ci­a­tion based in Hand­forth.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to http://eqllp.co.uk/ the-foun­da­tion/cheshireeast- com­mu­ni­ty­sup­port- scheme.

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