Groups to benefit from grants fund 


Several organisations will benefit from council grants once again in the coming financial year, with additional funding made available to three groups.

Each year Bolton Council provides assistance through the Miscellaneous Grants Fund, with close to £700,000 going to organisations including Bolton District Victim Support and Witness Service, Bolton Volunteer Centre and the Octagon Theatre Trust.

The figures for the coming year are set to be noted at a meeting of the Executive Member for Housing next Tuesday (March 30).

As well as renewing grants, the council has pledged to increase funding for three groups by 1.5 per cent – the Bolton Unemployed Workers Advice Centre (BUWAC), Bolton Shopmobility and Relate Greater Manchester North.

BUWAC provides information and support on matters such as: benefits and entitlements; debt; and incapacity. From March 2008 until February 2009 the organisation awarded £211,365 in backdated benefits.

An additional one-off payment of £2,000 allocated for this financial year will support extra work for BUWAC arising from the recession.

Councillor Nicholas Peel, Executive Member for Housing, Neighbourhoods and Regulation, said: “All the organisations that benefit from the Miscellaneous Grants Fund provide crucial support for those residents who need it most.

“The extra funding going to BUWAC is a reflection of the fact that their work is more important than ever during this challenging economic climate.”

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