Bolton Council and Bolton CVS have launched a small grants fund, which aims to provide funding to community and voluntary groups working to help local people across the borough.
Bolton Council has committed £160,000 in small grants to support hundreds of small grass roots organisations across the town as part of a total £1.4m of funding for Bolton’s voluntary and community sector.
The scheme is keen to receive applications for funding from any community or voluntary groups, but especially those working in and with the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people and communities in the borough.
JIGSAW, an organisation which has previously received funding, works with stroke survivors and their families across Bolton and has received £1,735 to assist with provision of support and advice for survivors of strokes.
Councillor Cliff Morris, Leader of Bolton Council, said: “Despite the need to make savings and the fact we have lost many of the government grants for this sector, it is right that we continue to fund and invest in the many voluntary and community groups who work with the council to provide valuable services.
“These small grants can make a big difference in local communities and we'd urge all community and voluntary groups to get in touch and find out if they are eligible for this funding."
Karen Minnitt, Chief Executive of Bolton CVS, added: "Many community and voluntary groups are working extremely hard to deliver vital support to the most vulnerable individuals and communities in Bolton. This fund will help these valuable activities to continue and develop as well as supporting good new ideas to begin”.
Application forms and guidance will be available on the Bolton CVS website by June 1.
Groups who want to find out more or who need help in filling in the forms can contact Sharon Bolus or Mark Grundy at Bolton CVS on 01204 546010.