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Tough decisions ahead as applications for investment fund money are in
Monday 23rd September, 2013

The applications are in and now a judging panel faces the difficult task of choosing which community schemes should get a slice of £2million being offered to projects promising to make life better in Wigan Borough.

The Community Investment Fund was launched to find community-based solutions to some of the borough’s biggest social problems. Wigan Council put aside £2million for the scheme and requested “big ideas” to help address issues such as youth crime, obesity and unemployment. Ninety-two applications have now been received from voluntary organisations, groups and individuals.

The applications received totalled £16.6million – meaning tough choices will have to be made. Each one is currently being assessed before a judging panel will get the final say on who gets the funding. Applicants will be told if they’ve been successful in early October.

Leader of Wigan Council Lord Peter Smith said: “We’re going to have a tough time deciding on which projects to fund. I know the quality of the applications has been exceptionally high. I’d like to thank all those who have applied.

“In some ways we’d like to fund all of these ideas but obviously that simply isn’t possible financially. We’ve worked hard in incredibly difficult financial circumstances to build a £2million investment pot to pay for this and we’re going to make sure it gets invested in the best way possible.

“We want to invest in schemes that are going to a make real difference in communities across the borough.”

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