In 2018, CCEL awarded a total of £1000 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. Eleven applications were received and four were selected for funding. The successful applicants were Frodsham Community Association, Neston Community Youth Centre, Retreat House Chester and Cheshire Waste Reduction Volunteers.
The funding will be used by the first three recipients to replace florescent tube lighting with more efficient LED lighting and so reduce electricity bills. Cheshire Waste Reduction Volunteers is using the funds to buy large compost bins that will be used in local schools as part of the children’s environmental education.