Your chance to make a difference to young peoples’ lives with £1m funding pot

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Do you have an idea that could improve young peoples’ lives? Is there something missing in your community which you think could inspire the next generation?

If so, then Wigan Council would like to hear from you as it reaches the halfway point of the latest round of The Deal for Communities Investment Fund (DFCIF).

Earlier this year the council unveiled £1m of funding for schools and community groups in the borough thanks to The Deal 2030.

The funding is available  for any idea that could ignite young peoples’ ambitions and shape an inspiring future.

It’s the seventh incarnation of the DFCIF and the £1m pot comes in addition to the £10m already invested by Wigan Council to help community groups solve some of the borough’s biggest social problems.

James Winterbottom, director of Children and Young People’s services at Wigan Council, said: “I would encourage anyone with an idea no matter how big or small to come forward and share their vision.

“After listening to residents in the Deal 2030 consultation, we recognise the importance of supporting the borough’s young people and their aspirations.

“We are particularly looking for those bigger ideas that may rely on sizeable investment only the council can aid.

“People are welcome to attend a number of workshops in January where they can gain advice from our officers on the tweaks that can be made before submission for it to be successful.”

Bids can be submitted until February and can come from a variety of sources including schools, Start Well Centres, community groups, sport clubs and parents as long as the applicant puts young people at the heart of their application.

A priority for this round of funding is for bids to demonstrate a high level of collaboration and reach within the wider community.

This is why schools, clubs and community groups are being encouraged to link up and put their minds together so they can understand what their local area needs to help youngsters reach their full potential.

Free pre-application support workshops in Wigan and Leigh can be booked onto via https://www.wigan.gov.uk/Council/The-Deal/Deal-Communities/Communities-Investment-Fund.aspx

Here are the dates for your diary:

Small investments           8th January 2020              Wigan Borough Armed Forces Hub          

Big idea investments      8th January 2020              Wigan Borough Armed Forces Hub          

Small investments           17th January 2020            Leigh Spinners Mill          

Big idea investments      17th January 2020            Leigh Spinners Mill          

Small investments           20th January 2020            Abram Community Centre

Big idea investments      20th January 2020            Abram Community Centre

The fund will close on 16 February 2020 and there is still the opportunity for smaller, innovative bids which require £2,000 or less.

To find out more and to gain some advice on a possible bid, please contact [email protected]