Council pledges nearly £200,000 to community projects

NEARLY £200,000 has been pledged by Cheshire West and Chester Council to community projects taking part in the Cheshire West Crowd initiative.
The Cheshire West Crowd, which is being run by the council in partnership with Spacehive, is an exciting new digital crowdfunding initiative, providing an opportunity for community-led ideas to be created so the borough can become more vibrant, resilient and connected.
A total of 20 community projects have been supported by the council through various funding pots including a project to develop an exact route alignment and construction budget for a segregated cycling and walking path from Helsby to Helsby High School.

Other projects  cover areas like mental health support, the Climate Emergency and much more. Details of the funding made available by the Council can be found on the Cheshire West Crowd website.
Some projects have already reached their crowdfunding targets while others – including the Helsby scheme, are still counting on support.
More than £6,800 has been pledged at Helsby towards a target of £14,048.
Residents, businesses, foundations and anyone else interested can donate to community projects through the Cheshire West Crowd and any pledge, no matter how big or small, could make a real difference to these initiatives.
Cllr Louise Gittins, leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said “Inspiring projects on the Cheshire West Crowd pitched to the council and we’re delighted to have been able to support so many of them.
“These projects will no doubt make a real difference to our communities and it’s great to see some of them have already reached their targets.
“For those projects still crowdfunding, it’d be fantastic to see residents, businesses and funders get behind them through the Cheshire West Crowd.
“This platform is an innovative way for projects to raise funds and the whole community to come together.
“We’ll be developing the Cheshire West Crowd further in the coming months and there will be more funding rounds in the future so I’d encourage anyone with ideas to get involved.”
If you’re interested in putting forward an idea, the next deadline is Wednesday 23 March.

Organisations wanting to explore supporting multiple local projects can contact:
Pictured: Helsby High School, where support is being sought for a cycleway/footpath

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