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£1m funding pot launched to help young people realise their dreams
Friday 19th July, 2019

Wigan Council has unveiled £1m of funding for schools and community groups in the borough thanks to The Deal 2030.

The money made available from September comes in addition to the £10m already invested by Wigan Council to help community groups tackle some of the most challenging issues in the borough.

Round 7 of The Deal for Communities Investment Fund (DFCIF) presents an exciting opportunity for people to make a real difference to young people living in Wigan and Leigh.

The money forms part of The Deal, the informal contract between the council and residents including a commitment from both sides to work together to make the borough a better place.

The council is looking for enthusiasts to come forward with ideas that address any of our key priorities.

This could be an initiative that improves mental health and wellbeing, improves the uptake of physical exercise to help reduce obesity or identifies an avenue in which our schools can be utilised better whereby facilities are made available for more people and more of the time.

Bids are being invited 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 and can demonstrate the whole life benefit for them.

But the key to the next round of funding is working collectively with projects demonstrating a high level of collaboration and reach within the wider community inevitably scoring higher.

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.

Launching DCIF round 7, Leader of Wigan Council, Cllr David Molyneux, said: “Since its launch in 2013, we've supported many community groups and projects that work towards improving outcomes for local residents.

The latest round of funding once again underlines our commitment to investing in our communities and recognising the transformative role they can play in improving peoples’ lives.

“But this time we would like schools and organisations within the borough to take advantage of the cash boost, so they can support ambitions of young people in the borough.

“Through the feedback of Deal 2030, we know that young people should be at the centre of everything we do but we want the money to not just be for schools, it’s for families and communities in general too.

“So, if you have an idea that you feel could really benefit a young person then please do not hesitate in coming forward to tell us.”

The funding has also been welcomed by Will Powell, 15, from Orrell, a member of the UK Youth Parliament for Wigan and Leigh who helps to represent young people’s views at a local, regional and national level.

Will said: "I think it’s excellent that this money will be dedicated to young people, it could make a really big difference to a group or project.

"I hope lots of people apply to access the funding as it could allow young people’s ideas and dreams to become reality."

To find out more and to gain some advice on a possible bid, please contact thedealforcommunities@wigan.gov.uk.

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