Margaret Williamson Memorial

Aim: Community Trust Fund in memory of Margaret 

**Applications Open on February 14th 2024**

The closing date for applications is the 18th March 2024.



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 support ideas and projects which improve the cultural environment in Congleton and District. These were things which Margaret was passionate about.
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


Community Trust Fund. Currently, the fund stands at £72,100. A grants panel has been set up, first grants to be awarded in spring 2017.

Since 2017 the fund has allocated 38 grants totalling more than £21,000. This includes £4,000 which was added to the funds from the proceeds of the Dane Hydro scheme in 2021. Grants have varied from £100 to £1400 over the past four rounds of funding.