Bolton Council has launched a £500,000 fund to enable local volunteers, community groups and businesses to become more involved in improving their local area.
The Community Empowerment Fund has been created as part of the council’s budget proposals for 2015/17 and will explore ways that communities can meet needs which they have identified.
Groups and organisations will be invited to bid for a share of the fund and could benefit from either a one-off investment of up to £2,000 to try out an idea, or a larger investment of up to £50,000 over two years in order to develop an innovative scheme further.
The pilot fund will focus on two priority areas – ‘cleaner, greener and safer’ and ‘meeting the needs of young people’. Projects must manage the demand for council services, make improvements to the environment or create opportunities for meeting the needs of young people.
Proposals will be assessed against a clear set of criteria and will require approval by the relevant cabinet members.
Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Resources, Councillor Ebrahim Adia, said: “We want to see ideas that will make a real difference and have a long-term impact for local communities in Bolton.
“It’s about helping local groups develop creative ideas and projects to address existing and emerging issues across the borough.
“We want more people to play an active role in their communities. By funding schemes that involve local community groups, voluntary organisations, businesses and others, they can in turn help to bring in volunteers, support and grant funding that the council doesn't have access to.”
Further information on how to apply please visit www.bolton.gov.uk/cef