New £50K Community Chest Fund launched to support good causes and Coronavirus crisis in Runcorn

As part of Riverside’s commitment to invest £20m in the Halton Lea area of Runcorn over the next 10 years, we’re launching a new £50,000 fund – Community Chest 2020.

The fund is available to voluntary organisations and charity groups to help enrich lives and help build stronger communities in the area.

In light of the current impacts Coronavirus is having on communities we are exceptionally keen for the fund to support projects and initiatives to tackle any emerging challenges this is creating.

This will support the most vulnerable and isolated residents of Hallwood Park and Palace Fields at a very worrying time alongside those that may be experiencing issues they have not had before.

The 2020 fund follows on from the success of Community Chest 2019 which was a huge success and helped to fund a range of inspiring projects. Check out our video to hear the success story of Jackie Smith, whose life was transformed after taking part in one of last year’s projects – a sewing course run by Sew Halton.

Voluntary sector organisations, registered charities, schools and residents are now encouraged to submit bids to the 2020 fund, demonstrating how their proposals could help to:

• Reduce loneliness and social isolation in particular for older and vulnerable people.
• Creatively fostering community spirit to enhance wellbeing.
• Assist in the reduction of household poverty.
• Create innovative learning for all age groups.

Dean Butterworth, Riverside’s Regional Director for Liverpool City Region, added: “Jackie’s story is just one of many great examples of the work the Community Chest and Sew Halton has done.”

“We’re thrilled to have helped make this happen and to make a difference to transforming people’s lives – that’s why we’re making the investment in the first place and we’re delighted to be able to continue that support in 2020, particularly in light of the current situation.”

To read our guidance and submit a bid, visit our website now. For updates on our work in Halton Lea more