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Macclesfield Community Grants

The town council recognises the value and importance of community groups and activities within the town.

Whether it is a local event for adults or children, providing support for people who might otherwise feel excluded or putting on a festival such as Barnaby, we want to help wherever we can.

We now have three levels of grant. Micro grants are up to £100 and are for small start up ideas for one of projects or for the start of a longer term idea. Small grants are up to £250 and large grants up to £2,000.

Grant applications are considered at the next appropriate and available Finance Committee as scheduled and decisions are made according to the council’s scheme of delegation.

If you would like to apply for a community grant but would like to have a chat about it first, please contact Community and Events Manager Helena Gowler on 07593 535 784 or by emailing


Micro grant applications can be considered at any time. Small and large grant applications are considered at Finance Committee meetings. Applications must be with us at least one month before the nearest meeting to be considered. Upcoming meeting dates are below:

22nd November 2021
7th March 2022
9th May 2022
5th July 2022

How To Apply

To apply for a micro grant of up to £100, download Micro grants application form

Applications for micro grants need to fit in with the Macclesfield Town Council themes.
Read the Micro grants guidance document here

To apply for a small grant of up to £250, download the Small Grants application form  

To apply for a large grant of up to £2,000, download the Large Grants application form 

Read the Grants and Donations Policy here.

Successful Community Grant Awards

The Community Grants Scheme can provide funding for any community activity or community group in Macclesfield that is open to all, is for the benefit of Macclesfield or the people of Macclesfield and is a not for profit activity.

Below are some of examples of projects we have funded:

Previous Community Grants

Grants 2021

Space 4 Autism
Awarded £1,800 towards Galaxy Group outings

Child Safety Media
Awarded £2,000 towards crucial crew child safety events

Macclesfield Scouts
Awarded £2,000 towards a building refurbishment

Awarded £250 towards public liability insurance

The Hope Centre
Awarded £1,581.97 towards a slow cooker project

East Cheshire Hospice
Awarded £1,500 towards the art fair event

Macclesfield Pride
Awarded £1,500 towards event costs

St Michael’s Church
Awarded £2,000 towards virtual meeting equipment

Tytherington Juniors Football Club
Awarded £2,000 towards free football sessions

Macclesfield Hospitality Action
Awarded £3,300 towards an outdoor seating area

Macclesfield Satellites Swimming Club
Awarded £2,000 towards swimming lessons for talented swimmers of all ages

Awarded £2,000 towards the purchase of ambient food for the community pantry

Macclesfield in October
Awarded £880 towards a music event

Age UK Cheshire East
Awarded £1,968 towards a telephone befriending project

Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Awarded £2,000 towards a nature event

Just Drop In
Awarded £1,468 towards a volunteer room

Macclesfield College
Awarded £2,000 towards a community garden project

St Peters Church
Awarded £625 towards a wildflower planting project

Disability Information Bureau
Awarded £1618.89 for the purchase of a shopmobility scooter

Macclesfield Eye Society
Awarded £250 for a sensory planter project

Grants 2020

Macclesfield Seals
Awarded £250 towards promotion and safeguarding

Water Street residents
Awarded £250 for a planting project

Awarded £250 for a youth theatre performance

St Alban’s Pre-School
Awarded £2,000 towards a capital building project

Awarded £250 for event equipment

Awarded £876.35 towards allotment site improvements

Macclesfield Music Centre
Awarded £1,005 for a virtual performance

Tytherington Juniors Football Club
Awarded £1,668 towards defibrilators

Scoop and Scales
Awarded £1,200 towards a sustainable shopping project

Weston residents and Healthbox CIC
Awarded £250 for a communal garden project

Gawsworth Girls Brigade
Awarded £250 towards craft packs

Macclesfield Rugby Union Football Club
Awarded £2,000 for CCTV

Grants 2019

Macclesfield Community Artspace
Awarded £250 for a community event

Child Safety Media
Awarded £2,000 towards the Crucial Crew child safety event

Macclesfield Library
Awarded £250 for a reader engagement event

Swifts Over Macclesfield
Awarded £250 for nest boxes

Aftermath 100
Awarded £558 for the printing of commemorative materials

East Cheshire Hospice
Awarded £1,000 towards the Art Fair

Cheshire and Warrington Carers Trust
Awarded £780 towards the carers lunch club

Circus Starr
Awarded £680 for an inclusive circus event

Macclesfield Pioneering Women
Awarded £1,000 for a showcase event

Refugees Welcome
Awarded £375 for a respite trip for refugee families

Macclesfield Male Voice Choir
Awarded £2,000 towards new uniforms

Macclesfield branch of the Royal British Legion
Awarded £800 for a new standard/branch flag

Friends for Leisure
Awarded £528.16 for a community support project

Holy Trinity Church
Awarded £103.93 for community outreach at the Green in the Corner

Macclesfield United Reformed Church
Awarded £250 for a hearing loop to be installed 

St John’s Church
Awarded £779 for activities to tackle social isolation

Awarded £822.25 for groundwork improvements

1st Moss Rose Scouts
Awarded £2,000 for camping equipment

CORE (Church of the Resurrection)
Awarded £2,000 for refurbishment work

Crafty Corner
Awarded £878.40 for a community craft project

Macclesfield Pride
Awarded £1,373.88 for event costs 

Friends for Leisure
Awarded £528.16 towards a community support project

Holy Trinity Church
Awarded £103.93 towards a community engagement project

Macclesfield United Reformed Church
Awarded £250 towards a hearing loop in the building

St John’s Church
Awarded £779 for activities to tackle social isolation

The Tuesday Group
Awarded £615 for room hire for the social and knitting group

Morton Hall Community Centre
Awarded £2,000 towards building improvements

Macclesfield and Congleton District Scouts
Awarded £1,100 for the second phase of museum improvements

Macclesfield and District Sheepdog Trials
Awarded £250 towards a new toilet block for use at the annual events

Macclesfield Sea Scouts
Awarded £250 towards purchase of a Rigid Inflatable Boat

Hurdsfield Phoenix Football Club
Awarded £2000 to fund an wards evening and summer tournament

Royal British Legion, Macclesfield
Awarded £280 for a memorial project

Princes Trust Macclesfield
Awarded £250 for equipment

Macclesfield Scouts
Awarded £250 for training

Macclesfield Pride
Awarded £1,257.20 towards the event