Community funding streams reopened by Wigan Council

Community funding streams reopened by Wigan Council

A pair of Wigan Council funding schemes that provide vital support to community groups are back open for applications.

Organisations across the borough are encouraged to bid for a share of either the Community Recovery Fund (CRF) or Community Safety Fund (CSF) before the latest window closes next month.

So far, both schemes have provided a combined £340k for more than 350 projects that have made a tangible difference in neighbourhoods across the borough.

Councillor Chris Ready, cabinet portfolio holder for communities, said: “We know how important these two schemes have been for our community network.

“In particular, the recovery fund has been crucial to helping voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations find their feet after the pandemic.

“We’re delighted that another round is open so if you have a project that is encouraging community spirit, engaging volunteers, promoting new skills or establishing bonds between different generations, please get in touch.”

The first four phases of the CRF – funded by Wigan Council - have supported 311 projects with a total of £243, 386 and new allocations up to £2,000 are available.

The CSF – which allocates funds from the GM Police and Crime Commissioner’s office - is into its second round with 54 projects supported by £100,000 worth of funding to date.

Organisations can apply for funds up to £2,000 but are expected to match fund 20 per cent of the funding request for the project.

Allocations for the CSF are ringfenced for projects that improve community safety and reduce ASB and other neighbourhood related crime.

Councillor Kevin Anderson, cabinet portfolio holder for police, crime and civil contingencies, said: “Tackling ASB and helping our residents feel safe in their homes is a key priority for our Place and Community Safety Partnership.

“The projects funded by the CSF play a vital role in making positive changes and I would urge any groups out there that think they can help make a difference to apply.”

Potential applicants are encouraged to check eligibility criteria and application details on the council website or contact The Deal for Communities team via thedealforcommunities@wigan.gov.uk.

Posted on Wednesday 28th September 2022

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