Bolton Council is looking for organisations with innovative ideas to help the borough’s most vulnerable residents.
Local registered charities, voluntary groups and registered social enterprises are being urged to come forward with ways that could help people live more independently in their own homes.
As people’s needs and aspirations change, more emphasis is being placed nationally on preventative measures to help reduce the demand for traditional social care.
Schemes should aim to provide information and advice, help tackle social isolation and ensure a safe living environment and could include examples like luncheon clubs, drop-in centres, befriending services and handyman help.
Any group with ideas can apply for a preventative grant from September 29 to October 26.
There are two levels of grant funding available: innovation grants of up to £5,000 for new ideas and services to get started, and outcomes grants of up to £100,000 for larger scale organisations that can demonstrate their services will prevent or reduce the need for social care and support.
The total funding for the preventative grants scheme is £400,000, which is a reduction of £200,000 compared to 2010/11 funding.
Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Adult Services, Councillor Sufrana Bashir-Ismail, said: “I am sure there are some excellent and innovative ideas out there and I’d urge all community and voluntary groups to get in touch with us to find out if their project is eligible for this funding."
For more information visit the link above. A free training session will take place on Thursday, September 29 for interested applicants of the outcomes grant. Call 01204 338767/337887 or email to book as spaces are limited.