The Deal for Communities Investment Fund

What is it?

Communities Investment Fund

The Deal for Communities Investment Fund (DFCIF) is an exciting opportunity for people to make a real difference and solve some of Wigan borough’s biggest social problems.

The funding forms part of The Deal, which enables residents to get involved in their community.

Since its launch in 2013, we've supported community groups and projects working towards improving outcomes for local residents with £10m invested by the end of 2018. This demonstrates how committed we are to supporting local communities.

Before applying, you must:

Please note that applications are now closed.

Levels of funding available

Tiers of investment
 Small investmentsStart up investmentsCultural education investmentsBig idea investments
What is it for? A small investment to do new things to address key priorities and outcomes. An investment and support package to nurture a great idea that needs developing further. New to 2018, this is a one-off investment to support cultural education in the borough, as part of our new Cultural Strategy. A 3 year investment for innovative, developed ideas.
How much can I apply for? Up to £2000 Up to £10,000 Up to £20,000 Greater than £10,000
How long is the investment for? 1 year 1 year 1 year 3 years

Cultural education investments (up to 20K) - New to 2018

As part of our ambitious new Cultural Strategy, this co-investment by Wigan Council and Curious Minds (external link)who are working with us to develop a local response to the Arts Councils' Education Challenge (external link), aims to support the development and growth of cultural education in the borough.

We're seeking applications that will improve outcomes for children and young people through high quality arts and cultural and creative opportunities, with a focus on cross-sector and sustainable partnership working.

Start up investments

Innovative ideas that need support to develop and grow into Big Idea Investments, improving people’s lives and making a real difference to the borough.

Along with funding of up to £10k, applicants will receive a 12 month training and support package to help to develop their project further.

Big idea investments

Innovative ideas and projects that will make a big difference to people’s lives.

Organisations wishing to apply for a big idea must evidence that they have support from public sector colleagues and projects must demonstrate how they will help the Council and its partners to manage demand on services.


Have you thought about exploring Crowdfund? Up to £1000 is available for not-for-profit organisations making a real difference in Wigan Borough.

We're offering an exciting opportunity by match funding new and creative projects that solve some of our biggest social problems and help local residents. If you're interested and would like to find out more, we invite you to attend one of our workshops in partnership with Crowdfunder UK:

Important information

Funding is in high demand, therefore we may not be able to fund every application that we receive. Depending on the applications, it's anticipated that around 8-12 start ups, 4-8 big ideas and 10-15 Cultural education investments will receive funding. However, we may be in a position to fund elements of your project and should this occur we will come back to you to discuss amending your application.

Business rates

If you are planning to occupy a premises in the borough and you are unsure whether Business Rates is payable for it, you can check if it is in Wigan Council's Business Rates list.

Case studies and previously funded groups

Equality and diversity

Our vision is to create a place which is comfortable within a modern, diverse and changing world, that celebrates and makes constructive use of our differences. It does this without fear, enabling those who live, work, study and volunteer in the borough to make a positive contribution, where everyone is heard, valued and respected, and that welcomes learning and change.


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