Are you looking for funding or grants In Congleton? We have several trusts and funds that you can apply to help get your project/idea off the ground with some financial help. We need passionate people like you to drive ideas and projects forward for the good of everyone in the town.

Below is a list of Trusts and Charities which are available to access in Congleton, each one will have its own rules and regulations, what it will and won’t fund so please view the relevant information and contact the organisation directly if you have any questions.

Congleton Partnership has an excellent record in project delivery, if you do have a project idea and would like to draw on our experience, please get in touch at


Name: William Dean Trust

Website: No website. Registered Address: 51 Moss Road, Congleton, CW12 3BN.

Background: The trust was established in accordance with the wishes of William Dean who died on 6th October 1993 to promote the advancement of education for the public benefit relating to natural history, ecology, and conservation of the natural environment.

Funding: Applications are open to the trust, grants typically range from £200-£3000 although larger grants will also be considered.


Name: Congleton 4 Congleton


Background: C4C is a voluntary group created by people and businesses of Congleton. The sole purpose of C4C is to raise and distribute funds to INSPIRE, ENCOURAGE & STIMULATE actions, activities and good causes FOR LOCAL individuals, families and organisations in Congleton to make Congleton a better place for ALL.

C4C supports ideas that are focused on the following areas:

  • Sport
  • Business
  • Youth
  • Community & Age

Funding: Match funding up to £2000. Accepts applications at any time.


Name: Congleton Inclosure Trust


Background: Congleton Inclosure Trust is a charity focused on funding community projects in the Congleton Borough area. The Congleton Inclosure Trust was first established by an Act of 1795 whereby certain local wastelands were transferred to Trustees to enclose the land and let it to local residents with the rent being used for the relief of poverty in the Town. The trust has an amazing history of over 200 years, in the last 25 years alone over £1.25 million has been granted for projects of benefit to the community.

Funding: No limits. Meetings are held quarterly on the last Wednesday of January, April, July and October. Applications should be submitted as early as possible for each quarter.

The last date for applying is the end of the previous month before the applicable meeting. E.g. by December 31st for the January meeting.


Name: Congleton Town Trust


Background: The Congleton Town Trust is very much part of the history of the town – indeed donations to the town made 400 years ago are now administered by the present Trustees of the Town Trust. Initially, the income of the Trust came from various sources following gifts to the town for various charitable purposes from benefactors – some quite small amounts and others more substantial.

Funding: Meetings are held quarterly on the second Tuesday of January, April, July and October. Applications should be submitted as early as possible for any given quarter.


Name: Margaret’s Williamson Fund


Background: The fund keeps alive the memory of Margaret Williamson, Congleton’s “First Lady”, who died in 2015. Margaret was a driving force and inspiration to improve Congleton and the aim of the Fund is to keep that spirit going.

The Fund will give priority to ideas and projects based in Congleton and District 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 among young people.
  • Conserve or improve the natural environment for the benefit of the people in Congleton and District

Funding: In 2022 the fund board distributed £4700 to community projects. Each year the board will announce the amount to be distributed and when the fund is open for applications. Usually in the first quarter of the year.  The board also distributed £4000 generated from the Congleton Hydro Project for green projects and ideas within the town.


Name: Town Council Grants


Background: Every year Congleton Town Council will give out approximately £61,000 in grants to local groups and organisations. A proportion of this sum is granted annually to specific groups, leaving approximately £15,000 for community grants to be applied for, via the grant application process. These applications are discussed at the Council’s Finance & Policy Committee which is held every 6-8 weeks.

Funding: Open for applications.


Name: Congleton Young Peoples Trust

Website: No website. Registered office address: 29 Chapel Lane, Rode Heath, Stoke On Trent, Staffs, ST7 3SD

Background: Start date: 19 February 1986 Grants for projects that help children and young people the former Congleton borough.

Funding: We look for letters of application for small grants, typically £250, from organisations or individuals seeking to support the young people of Congleton.


Name: John Holford Charity


Background: The John Holford has been in existence since 1712 and has been helping people in need across the former Congleton borough. Applications can be from individuals and organisations which help those in need.

Funding: Open for applications, visit the website.


We hope the above information is useful, if you have received funding in the past from any of the above funders leave your story in the comments, you never know who it might inspire.