Grants of up to £10,000 are on offer in the Bolton Fund’s latest round.
Bolton’s Fund is a voluntary sector grant scheme offered by the council, Bolton CVS, Bolton at Home and NHS partners.
Grants of between £2,500 and £10,000 are available, with a separate pot set aside to award grants of £250 to youth-led projects.
Community groups can apply for funding, and grants are awarded by an independent committee.
This latest round, the thirtieth time such grants have been offered since the fund opened in 2019, will focus on building aspirations and sharing skills.
This new cycle is designed to support projects that improve opportunities for residents of all ages, creating new pathways to high-quality education, training or employment by addressing the challenges and barriers that may prevent them from acquiring new skills.
This could be done either by providing new services or by adapting an existing offer to meet the needs of local communities.
Stronger Communities Council Executive Cabinet Member Cllr Mudasir Dean said: “Each round of the Bolton Fund is designed to address a specific need or priority here in Bolton.
“We know that many residents want to reach their full potential, but face too many challenges when it comes to learning the new skills they need.
“We have many outstanding local voluntary groups and social enterprises offering this kind of support and I urge them all to apply to Bolton’s Fund so they can help even more people.”
The Bolton’s Fund has already supported a number of voluntary groups and social enterprises to help people find jobs by encouraging them to learn new skills.
Among them is Recycle-IT, which refurbishes old IT equipment and tackles digital exclusion by giving residents the equipment and skills they need to find jobs.
Recycle-IT founder John Hastings said: “I don’t think there are enough groups and businesses applying for the Bolton Fund, I think there need to be more.
“Bolton CVS has done so much from helping us create business plans to helping with initial funding and then applying for funds from Bolton itself.
“We are looking to create our own board, trustees and steering group, and that’s another thing I’ll be coming back to Bolton CVS for, advice on how to do that.”
Bolton CVS staff are available to help groups with their applications.