Fast Grants applications reopen to improve local communities

Do you have a great idea on how to improve your local area? Oldham Cares is once again inviting residents and communities to come forward with their suggestions as the applications to receive Fast Grants reopen.

With amounts available from £50 to £500, this funding, which is designed to bring communities together, could be spent on anything from encouraging your local community to be fit and healthy to running a Play Street activity in your neighbourhood.

More than 70 community organisations have already received grants since the scheme first started in September 2018.

Successful projects include an East meets West dress making course run by the Fatima Women’s Group and the building of a Chinese dragon for Spotlight Theatre’s next production – Aladdin.

Breathe Easy, a support and advice group for people with breathing difficulties, was also awarded a grant to continue to communicate with their members.

And it was time for tea and celebration for Chadderton Together after they were awarded a Fast Grant to continue running tea dances for older adults at Chadderton Town Hall – a lifeline for residents who enjoy socialising with new friends.

Councillor Zahid Chauhan, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “We’ve already had some really good success stories come from this funding and we want this to continue.

“These funds are available for the benefit of Oldham, so if you have an idea on how you could improve your area, we would love to hear from you. The application form will only take five minutes of your time to fill out, so what are you waiting for?”

The Fast Grants have again been made available through the Thriving Communities programme which focuses on building on the strengths that already exist within our communities.

Applicants can apply for a Fast Grant by visiting or by emailing if you have a question about the fund.

Fast Grants will be awarded throughout the year and applications will be reviewed on a fortnightly basis.

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