Announcing the new Community Champions grant funding scheme

We are delighted to announce the launch of the new Community Champion grant funding scheme for voluntary sector groups in West Lancashire.

West Lancs CVS has worked in partnership with West Lancashire Borough Council to bring investment into local voluntary sector and is today launching a £200,000 Community Champions grant fund, as part of the wider Community Champions scheme.

Grants ranging from £1,000 – £25,000 are now available to West Lancashire voluntary, community, faith, and social enterprise organisations, to support the work they’re doing in helping communities impacted by COVID-19.

Funding focus

The grant scheme is focused on supporting individuals and communities affected by the pandemic and, in particular, those in the following vulnerable groups:

  • Older people, especially those who are socially isolated
  • Younger people, especially those who are socially isolated
  • People with mild or long-term mental health problems
  • People with a learning or a physical disability
  • Unpaid carers (including those receiving carers allowance)
  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities
  • People who are on a low income
  • People who are digitally excluded
  • People who frequently attend primary and/or secondary health care.


The main priority areas for this grant scheme are to:

  • Support the delivery of important and positive COVID-19 messages
  • Help people and communities to recover from the impact that COVID-19 has had on their life
  • Improve health and wellbeing – such as helping people to be active
  • Reduce isolation
  • Support the commitment to a greener West Lancashire

You can apply if you have a new project idea or if your idea is to support existing activities.

Closing dates and application forms

Decisions on applications will be made as soon as possible after each funding pot closing date, and all projects must be delivered within a 12 month timeframe.

Don’t delay, closing dates are from end of July!

Get more information, application forms and guidance from the new Community Champions microsite: