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

The Chester Bluecoat Charity can help your organisation support the most disadvantaged in our society. Our grants provide vital funding for projects that aim to tackle the root causes of poverty and inequality throughout the city and the surrounding area.

With our financial support, you can make a positive difference to people’s lives through education, community development and bringing people together.

When we give grants, we encourage organisations like yours to think big by focusing on bringing about lasting change to prevent people from being disadvantaged, in poverty or lonely.

We can help you make more people raise their aspirations, realise their potential and avoid a life of hardship and inequality.

Grant giving options

You can choose from two types of grant to apply for: strategic funding and small funding.

Our strategic funding can help you if you have an ambitious project with a robust plan. We award grants of at least £2,000 to schemes that aim to make a lasting difference in the community over several years. The application form for strategic funds can be found here (opens in new window).

With our small funding programme, we can offer you a single grant of less than £500, which could help you buy much-needed new equipment for your organisation. The application form for small funds can be found here (opens in new window).

Supporting you

Over the years we’ve supported a wide range of organisations in the Chester area with both one-off funding and more regular assistance.

The good causes that have benefited include Chester Aid to the Homeless, Chester Autism Practical Support, West Cheshire Credit Union, and Hoole Community Centre.

Read about some of the organisations and projects we have supported here.

Tips for applying

If you run a member organisation where people pay subscriptions, you must show that your proposal will benefit the wider community, and not just your members.

Your organisation must also be sustainable and you should be comfortable explaining what your project will do, and how it will prevent poverty and offer opportunities for people to improve their lives.

You can read further guidance here. 

How to apply

To apply for funding or find out more, call us on 01244 345787.

We are particularly keen to hear from you if your organisation supports young people.

Whether you apply for strategic or small funding, you’ll receive a decision within eight weeks.