Small Grant, Big Difference Fund 2017

Want to make a big difference in Wirral West?

From Monday 26th June small grants aimed at making a big difference are available for groups in Wirral West to improve their local high streets, parks, open spaces and community assets.

If you are part of a community group, voluntary organisation, charity or social enterprise, based in Wirral West up to £200 funding could be available.

The project must be something that will improve the local environment for the benefit of the wider community. Successful groups will have up to 12 months to spend the grant. To apply download, complete and return the application form.

Closing date for completed applications is Friday 28 July 2017.

Wirral West Constituency includes Arrowe Park, parts of Caldy, Frankby, Greasby, Hoylake, Irby, Meols, Newton, Overchurch, Pensby, Thingwall, Thurstaston, Upton, West Kirby and Woodchurch.

Special Places

The Wirral West Constituency Committee made funding available for new benches across the area; we had a fantastic response with 36 different locations being suggested! 

The Special Places project aimed to fund a dozen benches, after final costings 10 benches were approved. Five have been installed so far and one accessible path laid at an existing bench location in Greasby, all chosen by the public. In the coming months the remaining four will be in place.

Location of benches

Benches have been installed at the following locations:

  • Carr Lane, Hoylake (outside Carr Lane Play Area)
  • Grove Park, Hoylake
  • Pump Lane, Greasby (accessible path laid to existing bench and bench base widened)
  • Warwick Park, Upton
  • Grange Hill, West Kirby (Footpath 43 - junction of Lang Lane and Grange Old Road)
  • Cubbins Green, West Kirby
  • Ridgewood Park, Pensby
  • Church Lane, Thurstaston

Benches will also be installed at the following locations:

  • Thingwall Road, Irby
  • Hilbre Island, West Kirby (removable bench being made by The Friends of Hilbre supervised by a Ranger)

Benefits of benches

A recent report by the Young Foundation highlighted that taking time to sit on a bench and watch the world go by can promote social cohesion, healthy lifestyles and reduce stress.

The Foundation interviewed dozens of people who gave varied responses when asked why benches are important and what effects they have on communities. All agreed that well-designed, well-maintained benches play a key role in making public spaces friendly and accessible.

Wirral West Community Fund 2016

Residents of Wirral West constituency were invited to take part in a community vote to help decide on ideas that would make a real difference to their local area.

Voting took place in October 2016 for projects bidding for funding from Wirral West Constituency Committee.  The project applications came from voluntary and community groups working in the area, and were aimed at making real improvements to local life.

The Wirral West Community Fund supports projects in Arrowe Park, parts of Barnston, Caldy, Frankby, Greasby, Hoylake, Irby, Meols, Newton, Overchurch, Pensby, Thingwall, Thurstaston, Upton, West Kirby and Woodchurch. The results of the community vote helps Constituency Committee members decide which projects to fund in these neighbourhoods.

The list of grant awards made by the Constituency Committee in each ward can be viewed here:

Some of the grant awards have been split over two or more wards taking into account where this project will take place – projects marked with an asterisk (*) on the documents attached. 

The amounts shown in the documents show how much has been awarded from each ward allocation in respect of these projects, which adds up to the total grant awards shown below:

Project name

Grant awarded

West Kirby Christmas Lights   £1,000.00
Friends of Sandlea Park      £1,000.00
#Strongertogether (Next Chapter CIC)   £1,000.00
Best Foot Forward (Next Chapter CIC) £1,000.00
Expanding FareShare Merseyside to support Wirral West (FareShare Merseyside) £917.00
A Host of Golden Daffodils (Irby, Thurstaston and Pensby Amenity Society)   £501.60

The Patron’s Lunch funding

Wirral West Constituency Committee made available a small budget for local groups and residents to apply for a grant towards the organisation of a ‘Patron’s Lunch’. Grants of up to £250 were available from the Wirral West Constituency Committee to pay for things like furniture hire, decorations, food and drink and promotional materials.

Find out more about the Patron's Lunch

The high level of interest meant that minimum grants were set at £125, rather than the £250 initially planned, to support as many events as possible and the funding has now all been used.

All events took place on Sunday 12 June 2016, unless otherwise stated below.

Greasby, Franky and Irby

  • Brookdale Avenue North, Greasby
  • Irby Methodist Church, Mill Road, Irby
  • Hall Drive, Greasby
  • Penrhyd Road, Irby – Sunday 29 May, 2016

Hoylake & Meols

  • Carr Lane Field, Carr Lane, Hoylake
  • Fellowship House, 96 Trinity Road, Hoylake
  • Queens Park, Meols

Pensby & Thingwall

  • Elmwood Drive, Pensby
  • Nelson Drive, Pensby – event taken place
  • The Hope Centre, Fishers Lane, Pensby
  • Thingwall Recreation Centre, Sparks Lane, Thingwall
  • Whitfield Business Services and local community, Pensby Road, Pensby – Friday 10 June, 2016

Upton

  • Salacre Allotment, Salacre Lane, Upton
  • St Mary’s Church, 2 Church Road, Upton
  • Upton Victory Hall, Salacre Lane, Upton

West Kirby & Thurstaston

  • Abbey Road, West Kirby
  • Burlingham Avenue, West Kirby
  • Cholmondeley Road, West Kirby
  • Dawpool Primary School PTA, 6 School Lane, Thurstaston
  • Gleggside, West Kirby
  • Newton Guides

View the event guidelines

Wirral West Community Fund 2015

Residents of Wirral West constituency were invited to take part in a community vote to help decide on ideas that would make a real difference to their local area.

Voting took place in March 2016 for projects bidding for funding from Wirral West Constituency Committee.  The project applications came from voluntary and community groups working in the area, and were aimed at making real improvements to local life.

The Wirral West Community Fund supports projects in Arrowe Park, parts of Barnston, Caldy, Frankby, Greasby, Hoylake, Irby, Meols, Newton, Overchurch, Pensby, Thingwall, Thurstaston, Upton, West Kirby and Woodchurch. The results of the community vote helped Constituency Committee members decide which projects to fund in these neighbourhoods.

The results of the community vote for projects in each Wirral West ward can be viewed here:

Raise a question at a Wirral West Constituency Committee Meeting

Wirral West Constituency Committee meetings are open to the public. Part of each Constituency Committee meeting is dedicated to taking questions from local residents. If you would like to raise a question or issue in advance of the meeting please email Helen Gallagher