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Bolton’s £475,000 Fund for Living Healthier Lives

A new round of Bolton’s Fund has opened for voluntary and community groups, giving them the chance to apply for grants up to £25,000 to Bolton residents to lead healthier lives.

Targets and priorities of the Project

The projects that receive funding will provide opportunities for communities to overcome social, health or emotional challenges and to cope with the current cost of living pressures.

The priority areas for the funding will be activities that will people’s physical health or emotional wellbeing or development.

Work and activities that benefit older adults, young children and their families are also a key priority for the fund. Activities that reduce feelings of loneliness, isolation and stress in older people will also be eligible for funding. 

Groups and organisations that support households whose health and emotional wellbeing is being impacted by the rising cost of living will also be able to apply for funding to help launch new activities or reach more people.

There is a total of £475,000 of funding available and it can be used for new projects or new activities. Ten grants of up to £250 are available specifically for projects led by young people aged 13 -21 who have an idea they think will create a positive change for people. 

Details of how to apply can be found on the Bolton CVS website.

Groups can apply online and the applications will close on Sunday, February 5, 2023.

Thoughts by leaders

On this issue, Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, Cllr Mudasir Dean, said:

“Our top priority as a council is always the health and wellbeing of Bolton residents of all ages.

With the rising cost of living, the voluntary and community sector has a vital role to play in giving advice and support to anyone who may be struggling at this difficult time.

Cllr Mudasir Dean, Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities

He went on to say “We already have many groups doing outstanding work in this area, and I urge as many as possible to apply to this latest round of Bolton’s Fund.”

Dawn Yates-Obe, Chief Executive of Bolton CVS also expressed her views saying “We are excited to be supporting this funding opportunity. 

Bolton’s Fund Round 36 will enable community groups and charities in the borough to continue to provide incredible support and activities for the people of the borough during this challenging time.”

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The criteria for funding

Bolton’s Fund is an investment programme for the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in Bolton, bringing together funding from Bolton Council, NHS Greater Manchester, Bolton at Home and Bolton CVS.

Funding is awarded by an independent panel, with each round designed to address a specific need or priority for communities in Bolton.

Funding rounds for grants of up to £500 for projects that support community groups and the residents of Tonge with the Haulgh, and for projects that support residents of Bolton Community Homes properties are currently open for applications.

Visit https://www.boltoncvs.org.uk/boltons-fund-0 to find out more.

Final Thought

Bolton’s decision to invest in health and well-being outcomes is a timely decision and much needed in the face of mounting socioeconomic slowdown, rising inflation, and cost-of-living pressures. Opportunities available to community members to apply for grants provide avenues where residents feel supported by local council leaders and find helpful avenues to build community support structures. In today’s times, council leaders and community groups that make physical and mental health a priority are needed. What remains to be seen is how well Bolton implements this investment towards targeted areas and whether the satisfaction of residents can be seen through observable and measurable outcomes.

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