The launch of three new rounds of the Bolton’s Fund will see local charities and community organisations have the chance to access £450,000 in funding for a wide range of projects and programmes.
Groups are invited to apply for grants to fund projects ranging from youth led climate action projects to initiatives that will help to improve the mental health and wellbeing of the residents of the town. The three new rounds of the Bolton’s Fund opened in early April and will close in mid-May 2022.
Young people aged from 13 – 21, who are passionate about saving the planet and have innovative ideas about how to get people involved to take action on climate change, can apply for grants of up to £500 from the Climate Change – Youth Led Fund. Applicants will be asked to pitch their idea to a youth led selection panel. The fund will support projects that promote sustainability and raise awareness about climate change and the ten funded projects will be showcased at the 2022 Youth Environment Summit.
£100,000 is available in total from the Climate Change Fund to support projects that will help people and communities of Bolton contribute to making our town and region resilient to climate change. Groups and organisations can apply for up to £15,000 to fund their project. Each bid must set out how the project will achieve one of the following outcomes:
• Improved awareness around climate change issues
• More people reducing and re-using resources
• Improvements to local habitats to prevent biodiversity loss
• More people connecting with the environment
Projects that help bring the community together to work towards these priorities are particularly welcome.
The Health and Wellbeing Fund is for groups who can help increase the wellbeing of people through creating opportunities for people to get involved in physical activities in a variety of settings, or to reduced feelings of isolation and loneliness by helping people feel more connected to their community. The fund is designed to support communities that have been badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Bids of up to £25,000 can be submitted and full guidance can be found on the Bolton CVS website.
The Community Assets Development Fund has grants of up to £5,000 available to support community led organisations to develop their skills and expertise in regards to managing a community asset. The funding can be used to support organisational development through establishing suitable governance processes, risk management structures, sustainability planning, training and/or business planning in relation to managing an asset – this could be through specialist advice or training. This new themed fund will have a total of £50,000 available.
Dawn Yates-Obe, Chief Executive at Bolton CVS said:
“We are so pleased to be launching these new rounds of funding and continuing to support the thriving voluntary and community sector in Bolton.
These four new funds will support lots of different types of groups and activities and will make a big difference to our borough.”
The funds are open for applications until mid-May 2022 and guidance notes and details of how to apply can be found on the Bolton CVS website here.