Second window due to open for recovery fund applications

Second window due to open for recovery fund applications

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Councillor Chris Ready and leader of Wigan Council, Coun David Molyneux.

Litter pickers, scout and brownie groups, sports clubs and a community choir are among dozens of organisations to benefit from a Wigan Council Covid-19 recovery fund.

The first round of applications for the Our Community Recovery Fund (OCRF) has seen £57k shared between 121 projects.

The second window for applications opens on Monday, July 5 with all community organisations encouraged to bid, with up to £500 per project available.

Designed to help any grassroots or voluntary initiatives in the borough that have been affected by the pandemic, the £2m pot was unveiled as part of Wigan Council’s 2021/22 budget.

Councillor Chris Ready, cabinet member for communities, said: “The OCRF is set up to touch all parts of the community and is an important part of our plans to help the borough build back better, stronger and fairer.

“The first round is backing a wide-range of projects and it’s exciting to see what is available to residents across our communities.”

Further application rounds will take place through until early 2022. The second round of applications closes on Sunday, August 15.

Leader of Wigan Council, Councillor David Molyneux, said: “We’re urging all grassroots organisations to come forward to see how this fund can help you get back on your feet.”

All you have to do is show how your project, group or organisation will boost community spirit, engage volunteers and align with important issues in the local area.

The OCRF is the natural successor to the Deal for Communities Investment Fund that has seen more than £10m invested across the borough as part of the Deal 2030.

Posted on Monday 5th July 2021

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