News - New funding opportunities through CWVA and Cadent


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Cheshire West Voluntary Action (CWVA) is working with Cadent to distribute nearly £400,000 to community sector organisations over the next couple of years to set up a network of Centres for Warmth across the borough.

Cadent is the UK’s largest gas distribution network, bringing gas to 11 million homes and businesses and managing a network of more than 82,000 miles of pipes.

The funding given to CWVA will run until March 2026 and support community organisations in three key areas.

  • Dial West Cheshire, St Mark’s Debt Advice, Citizens Advice Cheshire West and Age UK Cheshire have been given grants as part of a Centres for Warmth project, offering free advice and support to people on energy efficiency, income maximisation, carbon monoxide and the Priority Service Register.
  • Cheshire Community Action (CCA) has been given grants to distribute to organisations involved with Welcoming Spaces, with full details to follow.
  • CWVA will be running another small grants programme in late spring or early summer, with more information available soon.

Gary Cliffe, Chief Executive of CWVA, said: “A key part of what we do at CWVA is sharing and managing funding streams, helping community organisations grow.

“We always try to champion our sector wherever possible and access the funding that allows them to continue their much-needed services in the local community.

“This partnership with Cadent is another exciting development that will make a real difference to organisations and the people they support.”

Cadent added: “We’re excited to launch this new partnership with Cheshire West Voluntary Action.

“The partnership will be an important part of our strategy to support people with energy and financial awareness by targeting those who need it the most.

“Fuel poverty is affecting many people across the UK and having a huge impact on those on low incomes.

“Cadent and CWVA will tackle this challenge and provide organisations with funds to support and advise people with things like carbon monoxide alarms.

“Cadent will also provide slow cookers to promote healthy eating on a budget and more energy-efficient way to cook.”

The new CWVA website has a section dedicated to funding, helping you find grant programmes that could support your organisation.

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