Rural West

Talking West Cheshire

New Rural support funding awards for Neston’s Air Cadets and community activities in Neston

13 January 2012

Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Rural Support Steering Group have awarded funding to projects from Neston Air Cadets and the CAN Group (Community Activities in Neston). 

Congratulating the successful applicants, Councillor Ralph Oultram, Chairman of the steering group, said: “We are pleased to award the funding to these two projects. The applications submitted were well presented and could clearly demonstrate how delivery will benefit the local communities.

“We hope these successes will encourage more community groups in the rural Borough of Cheshire West and Chester to apply for the next round of grants.”

Neston Air Cadets receives a grant of £5,500 toward the costs of a replacement minibus. The minibus is a vital asset to the organisation. Neston Air Cadets have more than 30 cadets aged 13 to 17. Without the provision of a minibus cadets they would be unable to participate in many of the regular activities organised for them both during the week and at weekends.

The social enterprise group CAN (Community Activities in Neston) were awarded £6,282 towards the purchase of a SNUG kit, specialist portable play equipment for children up to 11 years. There are initial plans to set up the equipment for ten sessions on Neston Market Square throughout the coming year. CAN will manage delivery of the sessions, evaluate its success and identify further options for the equipment’s use.

The funding is still available for rural community focussed projects. To be successful, organisations need to demonstrate genuine community support for the project and be clear how the local and Cheshire West and Chester communities will benefit.

Rural Cheshire West and Chester represents approximately 85% of the total area of the Council, roughly 815 square km. The Rural Support Funding Grant was established to help to support the rural communities to secure a sustainable future.

New bids for the grant are welcome. Closing dates remaining for submissions this financial year are 31 January 2012 and 31 March 2012.

If you require any further information please contact ruralsupport@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk or call 01244 977475.