Community Fund now open!

Community Benefit Fund 2019

£3,000 fund now open for applications

The community benefit fund is now open for applications from local community groups and charities. Guidance notes and application forms will be sent out by email to qualifying organisations by Cheshire West Voluntary Action (CWVA). If your group is not registered with the CWVA and you would like to apply you can contact them on 01244 401272 or email Application forms have to be returned by noon on Friday 20th December 2019. Short-listed applicants will be invited for an open interview on Thursday 23 January 2020.

New share offer

We are about to issue a share offer to raise £122k in funds to install two further 30kW solar PV schemes on two more Council-owned leisure centres near Chester: at Christleton and Neston.  Email us to find out more:

Schemes update

We are currently developing two new  solar PV 60kW schemes, one for Christleton sports centre, one for Neston sports centre. We anticipate issuing a share offer later this year. Please be in touch if you wish to be notified of this.

New Generation programme support

We are excited to announce that we have recently been selected for the second stage of the New Generation programme which will explore our LED repayment scheme! Watch this space

2019 Community Benefit Fund Awards

In 2019, CCEL awarded a total of £3000 funding to four local community groups from its community benefit fund. The awarding of the fund was carried out by a panel of two shareholders and a director of CCEL with the help of Chester Voluntary Action. 17 applications were received and four were selected for funding. The successful applicants were: Campbell Memorial Hall, New Images Youth Centre, Live Scene and Vernon Institute

Another great year

Thanks to the great weather this year,  a 4% dividend to our members for this financial year was agreed at our 2nd AGM.

4 recipients of community benefit fund awarded

CCEL has awarded £1000 of its community benefit fund to four successful applicants: Frodsham Community Association, Neston Community Youth Centre, Retreat House Chester and Cheshire Waste Reduction Volunteers. The funds will primarily be used to install energy efficient LED lighting, and also to purchase two large compost bins for use in local schools and education.