Fast Grants application

Do you have a great idea which could improve your local area and bring your community closer together?

Yes? Well you are in the right place because applications have now reopened to apply for more Fast Grants – funding that has been made available by Thriving Communities.

With amounts from £50 to £500 available for you to spend on ideas such as encouraging your local community to be fit and healthy or running a Play Street activity in your neighbourhood – we are open to all suggestions

Since September 2018, more than 70 community organisations have already benefitted from these grants and there are now even more opportunities for 2019/20.

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.

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

Could your idea be one of our next success stories?

The guidance for ideas for applications would be:

  • Supporting the community to be fit and healthy
  • Developing skills of local people
  • Changing the area for the better
  • Encouraging community participation

To apply for a Fast Grant:

Fast Grants

Fast Grants are small amounts of money, awarded to an individual resident or a community group who has a great idea and requires a small pot of money to deliver something in their community. 

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Fast Grants will be awarded throughout the year and applications will be reviewed on a fortnightly basis. A total funding pot of £60,000 is available for this financial year.

For more information on Fast Grants of the Thriving Communities programme, please email