IGas businesses have been operating in the UK for over three decades and we pride ourselves on being a good neighbour, placing the community and local relationships at the heart of everything we do. Established in 2008, the IGas Community Fund supports community-led organisations that can make a real difference, helping to improve amenities locally. Since the start of the fund, IGas has awarded over £800,000.
To be eligible for an award, projects must be able to demonstrate real community impetus and benefits, for example, organisations that involve a broad span of the community, education and skills development, or projects that celebrate and protect local heritage.
In 2015, £47,822 was awarded to projects in the North West.
Case Studies from 2015
Brookside Primary School, Ellesmere Port
Awarded a grant of £2,000 to help clear and re-establish a pond and create a wider wildlife habitat which will be used in tandem with the local Countryside Ranger for educational sessions.
Wheels for All, Salford
Awarded a grant of £5,000 towards the purchase of specially adapted cycles and refurbished bicycles which will enable people with disabilities and differing needs to enjoy regular cycling in a safe and supported environment.
Warrington Youth Club
Awarded a grant of £1,000 towards resources for a project that aims to support young men who are facing a range of challenges such as teenage fatherhood, involvement with anti-social behaviour, problems with mental health, alcohol or substance abuse and not completing education.
Little Rascals Playgroup & Moss Vale Tenants & Residents Association
Awarded a grant of £4,000 to help with provision of additional equipment and resources to enable the group to set up a community centre. The project is based in three shop units in one of the most deprived areas of Irlam.
The Debt Advice Network, Ellesmere Port
Awarded a grant of £3,000 towards the delivery of 500 individual counselling sessions designed to help vulnerable people for whom debt and mental health issues are often linked.
Ellesmere Port Local & Family History Society
Awarded a grant of £1,394 to fund a computer, projector and other equipment that will enable members to research and interpret the industrial history of Ellesmere Port.
Cambridge Road Primary School, Ellesmere Port
Awarded a grant of £2,000 to pay for a digital piano for its music school project which aims to enhance and develop music teaching throughout the school in an area of high deprivation.
Chester Netball Club
Awarded £1,700 towards match kit in a club that has over 200 members of all ages and whose locations include Ellesmere Port and Upton Heath, Chester.
Hand on Heart
Awarded a grant of £3,729 towards the installation of potentially life-saving defibrillators at all five schools in Upton.
Awarded a grant of £2,100 to help a group of volunteer doctors provide emergency medical response across a wide area which includes Doe Green, Ellesmere Port and Upton Health. The grant was used specifically for additional advanced capnography equipment needed when doctors have to administer anaesthetic.
City West Housing Trust
Awarded a grant of £4,000 to help develop a horticulture project involving schools, residents associations and community members in Irlam, Barton, Eccles and Cadishead. The project encourages the growing of vegetables within community school gardens and at home.
Awarded a grant of £5,000 to help provide materials and resources for a project that aims to establish a community growing network in the southern wards of Salford. The aim is to create a network through which individuals and groups can share skills, food, seeds, learning and friendships.
Lady James Community Hall User Group, Irlam
Awarded a grant of £5,899.82 towards the upgrading of a building that is heavily used by the community but was in dire need of repair and upgrading of its energy efficiency.
St Andrews Church, Eccles
Awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the provision of a community café in a church. By installing plasma screens and computer equipment, the church aims to open up an area of the church for community training courses for all ages
Healthy Hearts, Irlam
Awarded a grant of £2,000 towards equipment needed to run exercise sessions for people with long term health problems.