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The Deal for Communities Recovery Fund Thriving and Resilient Communities

The first round of funding for 2022 is now open

As we begin 2022 we want to continue to support our sector to thrive and grow, and we are proud to launch The Deal for Communities Recovery Fund – Thriving and Resilient Communities.

The fund will aim to improve community wellbeing by reducing isolation, developing and promoting community cohesion, building on community spirit and bringing communities together.

Applications that address inequality and inclusion will be scored highly.

This will be done by offering up to £2,000 of funding to grass roots organisations who are working in our neighbourhoods (within Wigan Borough).

Please note – funding towards events is limited to £500.

Community Recovery Fund (

Funding Fridays

Do you need help with funding for your community group but don’t know where to start? Just got a funding question you need some help with? For any funding related enquiries pop along to one of our Funding Friday drop in sessions where members of the Deal for Communities Team will be able to help. Go to the Whats On Section of the Boroughwide website for dates, times & venues

Crowdfund Wigan

Are you raising money for a community project? Wigan Council has launched a new crowdfunding scheme.

After setting up your project on a crowdfunding site of you choice, we will consider matching funds of up to £1,000 or 25% of a project.

Click here for more information Crowdfunding (

If you need any help or have any questions pop into one of the Funding Friday sessions advertised

Wigan Council’s Family Information Service Directory

The Family Directory is a website that provides information to parents/carers their families’ and professionals working to support them within the borough. Various service and activities can be found on the website by selecting one of the below categories or you can use the search box at the top of the home page to type in what you are looking for and by adding your postcode or area to find the nearest to you. The information that can be found includes:

  • Activities:

Available for all ages including sports, dance, parent and toddler groups, youth groups, cinema, parks, uniformed groups and more.

  • Childcare:

Help with finding all types of childcare for 0 to 19 year old including funded childcare for 2, 3 and 4 year old, nurseries and out of school clubs.

  • Education:

Search local colleges, private training providers and your local schools. Information about admission to primary and secondary schools is also available.

  • Family Finance and Employment:

Information, advice and where to go for help with benefits, housing and Job Centre Plus and not forgetting your local Life Centres.

  • Family and Parenting:

From antenatal and postnatal services to family support, lots of information can be found here.

  • Health and Wellbeing:

Local clinics, dentists, pharmacy services, mental health support, and other health services.

  • Special Educational Needs and Disability:

Find information about activities, support groups, education and health services.

  • Start Well Family Centres:

Find your nearest Start Well Family Centres and the activities that are on offer.

The Family Directory is always updating with new services and activities, if you are aware of any local providers who provide a service to the community, please let them know about us and ask them to get in touch at [email protected] so that we can create a record for them to inform Wigan Borough families what is available in their areas.

Information we have recently added includes all the iThrive services and a new filter has been created to break down the ages groups so families and professionals can locate the information simpler.

Visit us at and explore the borough’s many activities and local services.