Funding body information

Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council
Town Hall
Library Street
01942 244991

Point of contact:

The Small Grants Administration Team, 01942 486237,


Brighter Borough Fund

The Brighter Borough initiative provides a fund for councillors to propose and support schemes that improve the environment and benefit the community within their Wards.

Any proposal which aims to achieve Council objectives by improving the environment, enhancing community facilities or helping to develop the community spirit of an area could be eligible including:

  • Contributions to community events
  • Improvements to community facilities
  • Support for school initiatives (outside the national curriculum)
  • Support for festive celebrations
  • Improvements to open spaces, local parks, etc.

If you wish to apply for Brighter Borough funding you should contact one of your local councillors for the area where you live or where your organisation is based.

If a councillor agrees to support your application for funding they will provide you with a web link to enable you to access the forms which you will need to complete on line.

Small Grants Programme

The small grant scheme is now closed for this financial year.

Please see the following link for further information and upsates on the status of the programme.

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:

Small Grants for Voluntary Organisations

Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council currently operates a decentralised funding system; all grants schemes are administered through separate departments, rather than a single voluntary sector unit. However, a small grants booklet is available that pulls information from all of these grant schemes together. This booklet has recently been updated and expanded, and includes all relevant contact details and deadlines for each fund.

The Council's website has a voluntary sector funding page held under Community and Living - Community Grants, where the small grants booklet can be found, along with contact details for the council's Voluntary Sector Policy Officer, who deals with enquiries for funding.

The Council also want to encourage new groups to approach them for funding, as they have experienced a trend in groups that have previously secured funding applying again, resulting in the same organisations receiving repeat funding.

We have been in regular contact with the Council regarding their voluntary sector funding arrangements, and they have been consistently helpful throughout our research.

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