In April 2015 Margaret Williamson, Congleton’s much loved “First Lady”, died after a sudden illness. Margaret was a driving force and inspiration behind improving the culture and environment of Congleton and it was agreed that setting up a special fund to support suitable projects, would keep that spirit alive.Margaret Williamson Congleton Partnership

The Fund will support ideas and projects which improve the cultural environment or the natural environment in Congleton and District (defined as CW12 postcode or 01260 STD Code). These were the things which Margaret was so passionate about.

The Trustees of the Fund are now looking to support with grants, projects which meet one or more of the following criteria

  • Provide opportunities for people to take part in musical, theatrical, literary, performing art, dance, or other artistic activities.
  • Provide opportunities for education and awareness of the natural environment, especially amongst young people.
  • Conserve or improve the natural environment for the benefit of the people in Congleton & District.


If you have a project or an idea that fulfil the criteria and needs some financial help to make a difference to Congleton, then please complete the application form which is available to download on the Congleton Partnership website: DOWNLOAD HERE or visit current projects.


Please send us your application by 31st July 2017. If you have any questions or you need help to fill in the form please contact Mike Smith on 01260 270350 ext 7 or email him on

You will be informed of the decision of the trustees 6 weeks after the closing date.



The Margaret Williamson Fund is a ring-fenced endowment fund within Cheshire Community Foundation – CCF ( with the income being used to fund projects. CCF is a registered charity (Number 1143711) set up to manage funds on behalf of private, company and other benefactors and philanthropists.

The proceeds of the fund are administered by Congleton 4 Congleton – C4C ( which is a registered charity (Number 1145563). There is a grants panel made up of Congleton people who look at the applications and decide which should be funded. Cheshire Community Foundation is not responsible in any part for the distribution of these funds including the application assessment or monitoring or impact assessment.

Donations can be made to the fund using a form available on the Congleton Partnership web-site, DOWNLOAD HERE or visit current projects.