Published: Tuesday, 7th Jun 2022

Young people who want to make a difference in Bolton will have the chance to pitch for funding thanks to a new national scheme.

Bolton Council is a delivery hub for Inspire 2022, which offers young people the chance to design and plan projects or events that will have a positive impact on their community.

Residents aged 11 to 25 can form an Inspire Team consisting of a minimum of six members.

Selected teams can then pitch for up to £800 for their project at one of the pitch events held across the borough.

Events or projects should respond to community need and have a focus on leaving a legacy of skills and knowledge for future social action.

Successful teams will be supported to research, plan, organise, promote and deliver their project.

Possible ideas include events that raise awareness of mental health issues, encourage community cohesion, combat climate change or tackle health inequalities.

Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Cllr Anne Galloway, said:

“This is an exciting opportunity to bid for funding and create a project that will make a real difference.

“We meet so many enthusiastic and community-minded young people in Bolton and I am sure they will have innovative ideas to address the issues that matter most to them.

“I encourage all young people in Bolton to find out more and to consider forming an Inspire Team.”

Nationally, Inspire 2022 is delivered by UK Youth in partnership with British Red Cross and regional youth organisations.

It is funded by £1.2m from Spirit of 2012 and £500,000 from the #iwill Fund, and is designed in partnership with Local Trust.

Residents interested in signing up to be an Inspire Team in Bolton can contact for more details and the dates of planned pitch events.