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.
In 2018 fund, CCEL awarded a total of £1000, which was split between Frodsham Community Association, Neston Community Youth Centre, Retreat House Chester and Cheshire Waste Reduction Volunteers.
The funding has been used to replace florescent tube lighting with more efficient LED lighting, for building insulation materials and to buy large compost bins that will be used in local schools as part of the children’s environmental education.