COMMUNITY groups in Ellesmere Port have been selected to receive "thousands of pounds" of investment into environmental projects in the area.

The Freedom Fund – Freedom Fibre’s community fund for good and green projects – re-opens for applications today (Friday, May 19).

The fund is set to invest thousands of pounds in environmental projects in areas where it is rolling out its lightning-fast, full-fibre network.  

Community non-profit groups active within Freedom Fibre’s build footprint can apply for grants of between £250 and £500 to help deliver their environmental projects.  

In 2022, Freedom Fibre provided funds for a range of projects such as community orchards and gardens, solar panels and habitat improvement projects.

This year, as well as Ellesmere Port the Freedom Fund will provide thousands more for community non-profit groups located in: 

  • Atherton, Wigan 
  • Comberbach, Cheshire 
  • Culcheth, Cheshire  
  • Eccles, Salford 
  • Hartford, Cheshire 
  • Irlam, Salford 
  • Leigh, Wigan  
  • Newton-le-Willows, St. Helens
  • Northwich, Cheshire  
  • Stockton Heath, Cheshire 
  • Urmston, Trafford 
  • Walkden, Salford 
  • Weaverham, Cheshire 
  • Whitchurch, Shropshire 

Neil McArthur, Chief Executive Officer at Freedom Fibre, said: "Last year, we became England’s first alt-net to establish a community fund that supports the environmental projects in the communities where we are rolling out our network.

"We’re building on last year’s successes by extending our fund to reach an even broader range of community groups, and I can’t wait to see what applications we receive this time round."

Community non-profit groups interested in applying to the Freedom Fund can find out more and apply at

Applications of grants between £250 and £500 can be made online and must be made before 5pm on Friday, July 21.