July 13, 2024

“Without sponsors like yourselves, events like this would be impossible for a small charity to put on.”

Chester Slow Boat Oriental Restaurant, Chester Business Club 2023 AGM/Charity Cheque Dinner. Picture former Chairman Roy Shelton hand's over to New Chair Jan Chillery. SW1072023.


A LOCAL charity has become the latest organisation to benefit from Chester Business Club support.

The Arts and Charity Foundation, Amasing, says the donation from the Chester Business Club will contribute to “their most ambitious project to date”.

The organisation, which promotes the fact that arts should be for everyone, received a £250 grant from a funding pot that’s available to a wide range of groups to apply for if their activity benefits Chester in some way.

Amasing now plans to use the money to help organise an upcoming event, called Aspire, which will be held at Chester FC.


Commenting, Amasing’s Director, Rachael Borman, said: “Without sponsors like yourselves, events like this would be impossible for a small charity to put on as we gain very little funding at present.

“This is the most ambitious project we have done to date and it’s a brand new event for Chester FC Stadium too.”

So far this year, via their Aspire project, the charity has reached over 8000 young people locally. It’s estimated their Cheshire shows will eventually include 1500 young people from 42 local primary schools.

Rachael added: “We can’t wait to bring everyone together and showcase all the wonderful things they have been doing throughout the project and see the young people perform to all their families in our uplifting and positive shows. Our projects are all about arts for all and supporting young people’s mental health through creative arts opportunities and experiences . We want to give young people an experience they wouldn’t normally get in everyday life.”


Commenting on the funding award and the work that Amasing is involved in, Jan Chillery, newly elected Chair, of the Chester Business Club said: “Charities like Amasing are the lifeblood of the city and our community and the Chester Business Club is committed to trying to support as many of them as possible. The cost of living crisis has created huge challenges for organisations within the charitable sector which is why we are so keen to support groups who can demonstrate they make a positive impact in the Chester area.”


Roy Shelton, Past-Chair of Chester Business Club added: “The CBC exists to support so many great causes and Amasing is yet another example of our ethos. Rachael and her team work so hard to make a difference and we are thrilled to be supporting their latest event.“


How Charities can apply for funding: 

Chester Business Club charity funding is available for registered charities to assist with new projects, building maintenance and services. Funding will not be granted for day to day running costs.

Local and National registered charities can apply for a Charity Funding grant of up to £1,500. Applications must demonstrate a positive impact in the Chester area.

It is important your application is well-founded, demonstrating a clear benefit to Chester and the local community. The executive committee makes funding decisions based on the information you provide.

To ensure allocated funds are correctly used, you will be required to provide a summary ‘follow up’ after the project / event or scheme has been completed. We’re keen to see the benefits of our funding and a better understanding of each project will allow the Business Club to learn from funding decisions and assist with future application considerations.

Chester Business Club will notify the applicant of the outcome within 3 months of receipt. Occasionally a charity will be notified that the application has been deferred, not refused, so it can be considered further or more information requested to support a decision. 

To apply for funding, please complete an application and return to [email protected].