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Local communities could benefit from a pot of money available to improve lives around Blackpool. Blackpool Coastal Housing (BCH)’s Tenant’s Project Fund provides grants to help projects that improve lives for local BCH tenants, residents and leaseholders. But groups are being urged to act fast, as the window for funding applications will close on Friday 29 January.

In the last year, this funding has been put to good use supporting volunteering and recycling initiatives. UR Potential received £6,000 for their ‘UR Potential Community Project’ which includes youth and adult volunteering opportunities such as babysitting and bike renovation courses. The Kensington Trust also received £6,000 for their ‘Crisis Grant Line Furniture Recycling’ project which aims to deliver furniture free of charge to individuals and families who would normally not have the means to purchase the items. Funding of up to £500 has also been granted to a number of successful smaller projects, covering a wide range of activities and services of benefit to our communities.

John Donnellon, Chief Executive of Blackpool Coastal Housing, said: “We are always keen to support projects which improve the lives of our tenants, residents and leaseholders. Over the years, we have supported some extremely worthy projects, which help build closer communities, promote healthy lifestyles and improve opportunities for children – to name just a few. It doesn’t matter whether your project is big or small – we will support you throughout the process.”

BCH is looking for more worthy causes to support; there will be another opportunity to apply for a large grant of up to £10,000 in January 2016. You can also apply for a small grant (up to £500) any time of the year. To find out more please visit www.bch.co.uk or contact 01253 477932.

  • Melanie has worked with young people for over 20-years in a variety of fields including for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. She writes; articles and reviews, children’s books, original theatre pieces and adapts existing works for new audiences. She has a CIM Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing and a PGCert in Teaching Shakespeare and was, until recently a Board Member for Geese Theatre.

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