Community Recovery Fund

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Deal 2030 sets out our ambition to work collaboratively with Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations to develop a thriving and sustainable sector to best serve the residents of the borough.

We recognise how difficult the 12 month period from March 2020 has been for everyone in our communities, and this has brought many challenges for us all. Many of our VCSE organisations have been instrumental in delivering the crisis response to our vulnerable residents, whilst others have not been able to continue to operate as they had previously.

Phase one and phase two of the Community Recovery Fund have now closed and we are pleased to announce that, so far we have we have supported 178 projects totalling a funding amount of £84,603.26 - see list of successful groups.

Please see table below for dates of when the Community Recovery Fund re-opens. 

What is it?

The Community Recovery Fund will accept applications from voluntary and community organisations in Wigan Borough, who are requiring support due to being affected or disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Groups must be applying for activity which is in line with the organisation’s overall aims and objectives or where there is a need to align/change the current offer due to new community priorities.

The fund will support projects that aims to promote community spirit and bringing communities back together.

Who can apply?

Community organisations based in Wigan Borough, particularly small community based local groups, that encourage community spirit, engage volunteers and who need some financial support so that they can continue to work with their communities.

How much can I apply for?

You can apply for funds up to £500.

What can I apply for?

Groups can apply for what they will need to help them get back up and running following the COVID-19 pandemic. Groups will need to tell us what they want to do, how the funding will be spent and what positive outcomes the activity will provide.

When can I apply?

We have set out a timeline below which lists when the fund will be open for applications.

Application timeline
Fund OpensClosing Date
Monday 4th October 2021 Sunday 14th November 2021
Monday 10th January 2022 Sunday 20th February 2022

Can I apply to the Community Recovery Fund more than once?

In exceptional circumstances, that are related to post pandemic or community recovery, we will accept more than one application per group/community organisation.

We would advise you, to first contact the Deal for Communities Team prior to submitting the application to ensure that it meets the criteria.

We would also recommend that you sign up to the weekly newsletter, to also receive the most up to date funding opportunities. You can do this by emailing the team with your contact details -

How to apply

Who can I contact for help and support with the application process?

We would love to hear from you if you are planning on applying to the Community Recovery Fund. If you require some help and support, please email The Deal for Communities and an officer will be in touch. 

Did you know the Rugby League Football Club have created a fund which groups from across Wigan Borough can apply to? Further information can be found here. (external link) 

Celebrating success

Thank you to everyone who has been part of our Deal for Communities Investment Fund journey since 2013. We are extremely proud of the successes this has brought.

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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