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Applications are now open to a community support scheme which gives charities, voluntary groups and not-for-profit organisations across Cheshire East and Chester 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 and Chester, the Wirral and Wales.

Wilmslow headquartered Equilibrium Asset Management also has an office in Chester and says applications to the second round of this year’s scheme can be submitted up until June 25.

Applicants from Knutsford, Wilmslow and Macclesfield can click here.

Applicants from Chester, the Wirral and Wales can click here.

Colin Lawson, Founder and Partner of Equilibrium Asset Management, 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.” 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 October and December, included The Oakmere Singers Association based in Handforth.

Applications are reviewed quarterly, with grants awarded ranging from £100 to £500. The scheme only considers applications from groups whose work benefits the local community. Projects that promote party political activities or religious causes, projects that benefit or involve animals and commercial enterprises are not accepted.