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Helena Community Fund 2017/18

Helena is committed to supporting and developing communities and has designed its Community Fund to do this.

The fund can be used to help people create, plan, manage and organise their own projects – projects that have a lasting impact on people’s lives and the places in which they live.

We consulted with residents at listening days to highlight the priorities which they felt were most appropriate. Your application will need to support the following priority:

"Working with residents to tackle local concerns."

The funds priority is to help communities tackle issues which they are facing – examples of the type of project, could be:
  1. A group of young families may be struggling to cook and afford healthy food. So an activity may be to organise a cooking healthy on a budget course.
  2. You may have found a group of older people who are very isolated and want to organise a way for them to stay in touch with relatives using computers.
Please read all the information in the Helena Community Fund guidance notes (pdf below) before you complete the application.  Check out the examples below of projects which have been allocated funding.

How much can I apply for?

Grants of up to £500 are available, however the fund does not necessarily have to meet the full cost of your project. Applications closing dates for 2017/18 are:
  • Round one: 15 July 2017
  • Round two: 31 October 2017
  • Round three: 28 February 217

How to apply:

We are only able to accept electronic (email) applications. Please download the Helena Community Fund application form (below), complete and return to:

If you have any more queries contact please email Joanne McMahon, Torus Customer Involvement Co-Ordinator at or call 01744 417720.

Recent successful applications in Warrington and St Helens, have included;

  • Blackbrook Community Association: Held a family fun day in the park, organised event in partnership with Warrington Youth for Christ who have been commissioned to provide youth work sessions in the area. The neighbourhood group is looking to engage with youths to tackle issues within the community.
  • FINTRA: Developed a health & wellbeing project providing proven health related activities to tackle social isolation and encourage participation from hard to reach groups or individuals.
  • Parr Mount Court: Used their funding to develop a number of activities for the over 55’s – these included; a new exercise class and installed a new raised bed for a sow, eat and cook project, creative chair based dance class to reduce social isolation and loneliness, chair based exercises to improve strength, flexibility, posture, breathing and reduce the risk of falls. The activities also offered the residents an opportunity to get together, laugh and for those residents with early onset dementia, remembering the routines are good for their mental agility. 
  • Mid Orford Kids Activities Summer Projects 2017: The group held a range of activities for children aged up to 10 years, with courses over the weekend and school holidays to provide the kids with activities to do in their spare time and to make new friends, plus, to learn to enjoy their own community.  The activities consist of 2-3 hour sessions in the local hub, and include craft days, painting days, sports day, film day, a Halloween event and a Christmas event.
  • Mind-Art Warrington: Wellbeing café project to give people with mental illness a safe environment to be in at night. Funding granted to provide advertising and promotional materials to raise awareness of Mind-Art and the wellbeing café in the community.
    Warrington Council of Faiths: Funding granted to support an event under the name “sounds of Faith “music in worship which was held at Warrington and Vale Royal College at the Barton Theatre on the Warrington campus. Each of the 4 major faiths Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism demonstrated how sounds and music play a key role in their respective faiths.
  • Burtonwood in Bloom: New project set up and run by volunteers to enhance the look of the village by displaying and planting flowers and shrubs throughout. 
  • South Hulme Monday Club: Provision of winter warmer bags for the elderly and vulnerable. Bold Rangers JFC.  Funding awarded to set up a first aid room for the community. Over 150 local kids at the Club split between teams ranging from the age of 4 up to the age of 16. The teams have in the last few years won league championships and the club won the charter standard club of the year with the Liverpool FA for the Merseyside area.


Helena Community Fund 2017/18 Application Form
Helena Community Fund 2017/18 Guidance Notes