Funding body information

Bolton Council

Bolton Council
Victoria Square
01204 333333

Point of contact:

Bolton CVS, 01204 546010,


Small Grants Programme

The small grants programme is funded by Bolton Council's Chief Executive's and Public Health Departments. Organisations can make one successful application between 1st April 2015 and 1st February 2016 up to a maximum of £1500.

To be eligible for the grant, your organisation must:

  • be either: a constituted voluntary or community group, a registered charity
    or a registered community interest company or other constituted not for profit organisation.
  • be based and/or of benefit to people living in the Bolton local authority area.

It is anticipated that funded projects will help communities in one or more of the following ways:

  • Encouraging people to be more physically active, eat more healthily or reduce their alcohol consumption
  • Supporting people to have a better quality of life e.g. improved mental health or be less socially isolated.
  • Helping people to manage existing conditions and increase their independence.
  • Enabling people of all ages to develop new skills with the aim of increasing educational or employment opportunities e.g. Job search & CV building, homework clubs, work & study skills training
  • Improvement of literacy, numeracy or Information and Communication Technology skills among those who currently struggle with any of these.
  • Supporting people to get involved in their local communities - enabling people to know and meet with others or be more active in their communities.
  • Supporting people to engage in positive activities to help prevent crime and anti social behaviour
  • Promoting interaction between people from different faiths, cultures or ages.
  • Providing opportunities for young or old people to get together in a safe environment.
  • Reducing the impact of poverty
  • Making public spaces and facilities cleaner, brighter and more useable.
  • Encouraging awareness of sustainable living (e.g. recycling, food growing, effective use of resources.)

Priority will be given to organisations whose annual income is under £40,000 per year.

Further information about criteria or grant applications can be found on the Bolton CVS Website.

Community Empowerment Fund

The Council is piloting a Community Empowerment Fund which provides a small, time limited investment to community partners in return for greater involvement of local communities to improve their local areas.

The Council has released £500,000 for this pilot, to be shared across as many partners as possible. It is not the intention that this fund creates an on-going funding stream - this is not grant funding. This is a different style of funding that must be used as an investment, to stimulate initiatives that have a long term impact that must be sustainable.

There are two levels of investment available:

  • Small investment - a 1 year investment of up to £2,000 to develop a new innovative and sustainable idea to address the Council's key priortities
  • Start up - a 2 year investment and support package to further develop an idea over £2,000 up to a maxium of £25,000 per year

More information can be found on the Bolton Council Empowerment Fund website or by emailing

Many local authorities are now moving away from grant-making and beginning to use commissioning as a way to distribute funding to the third sector. Local commissioners can be difficult to find and identify, however NAVCA have created a guide that may help: 'Finding your Commissioner'

Voluntary Sector Funding Pages:

External funding advice

Useful organisations:

Bolton CVS

Information on this website was fairly easy to find, and was clearly signposted from the homepage under the 'Housing and Community' section. However, in order to find information about community grants, users are directed to Bolton CVS. Links are given to relevant documents such as application forms and eligibility criteria, as are contact details on Bolton CVS' website.

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