Our name has changed from Chester Municipal Charities to The Chester Bluecoat Charity.

The Chester Bluecoat Charity helps to tackle the causes of poverty, disadvantage and inequality across the city.

Based in the historic Bluecoat building, we give funding to community and educational organisations, as well as offering almshouse accommodation to people in need.

As the city’s oldest charity, The Chester Bluecoat Charity is proud to have been helping the people of Chester and the surrounding area for more than 800 years.

Our charity registration number is 1186378.

Grant Giving

We support some of the most disadvantaged in society by funding organisations that work to improve peoples’ lives through social unity, community development and education.

Applicants have a choice of two types of grant to apply for – strategic funding and small funding.

Our strategic funding programme awards grants of at least £2,000 to schemes that focus on making a lasting difference in their community over several years.

The second option – our small funding programme – provides single grants of under £500.

For both schemes, applicants will typically receive a decision within eight weeks.

Over the years, our grants have helped a variety of local charities with people of all ages benefit from our funding.

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Rent office space at the Bluecoat

The Chester Bluecoat Charity owns and is based at, the Grade II listed Bluecoat building, a hub for charities and voluntary organisations in Upper Northgate Street.

Here, we offer affordable and accessible office space for local third sector organisations.

Plus, there are two meeting rooms available for hire at competitive rates at The Bluecoat – the Conference Room and the Oak Room. So, whether you’re looking for a quick meeting or a full day of brainstorming, our meeting rooms can accommodate from 12 up to 70 people and are situated right at the heart of the city.

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Our comfortable and secure almshouse accommodation is situated in Bluecoat Square. The small estate of homes, set around a courtyard at the rear of The Bluecoat building, is for local people in need and usually aged over 60.

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