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Press Release: Bolton’s Fund to help children get the best start in life

Fri, 04/12/2020

December 4, 2020

Bolton’s Fund to help children get the best start in life

Charities and community organisations can access a total of £225,000 in funding to help give Bolton children the best possible start in life.

As part of Bolton’s Fund, groups are invited to bid for grants to fund projects aimed at supporting young people.

Depending on the size of the projects, organisations can bid for up to £1,500 or up to £5,000. Grants of £25,000 and over are also available for larger projects.

Each bid must set out how the project will achieve one of the following outcomes:

• Improving the mental wellbeing of children and young people (including early years)
• Increasing engagement in activities that promote good nutrition and healthy lifestyle activities
• Improving access to out of school activities for children and young people of all ages
• Improving the ability of young people to take control of their lives and reduce their risk of exploitation
Bolton’s Fund is a voluntary sector grants programme delivered by Bolton Council, NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Bolton at Home and Bolton CVS (Community and Voluntary Services).

Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, Cllr Nadim Muslim, said:

“Giving children and young people the best possible start in life is a core commitment of Bolton Council and our partners.

“Children who are supported by the community today will go on to be the happy and successful adults of the future.

“I look forward to seeing this funding make a real difference in the lives of Bolton’s young people by supporting their wellbeing and improving their life chances.”

Helen Tomlinson, Interim Chief Executive at Bolton CVS, said:

“It has been a difficult time for many children and young people during the last few months which is why we are delighted to announce the launch of this new Bolton’s Fund programme.

“The programme aims to help children and young people get the best start in life and invest in projects which will strengthen the outcomes from early years onwards.

“If your group has an idea that will help improve the lives of children and young people in Bolton, we’d love to hear from you.”

Applications for the £25,000+ grants close at 5pm on January 13. Applications for smaller grants will close at 5pm on January 27.

All Bolton’s Fund grant decisions are made by a panel of independent volunteer assessors from across the community.

For more information and to apply, visit the Bolton CVS website.