Oldham Council is helping residents in eight areas to improve their neighbourhoods and green spaces.
In 2015 the local authority launched the Green Dividend Fund - a one-off pot of money supporting residents to do their bit and show they love where they through community gardening and growing projects.
To date 33 projects have been funded across the borough, helping local communities to come together to make their local area that little bit greener.
Now we are looking to fund initiatives in St Mary’s, Hathershaw, Waterhead, Hollinwood, Primrose Bank, Coldhurst, Alexandra and Oldham Edge – eight areas where our Selective Licensing of Private landlords scheme operates.
The licensing scheme is already helping to improve the management of properties and the Green Dividend will work alongside it, providing benefits to residents and visitors thanks to gardening or landscaping projects in streets and neighbourhoods.
Residents, community groups and third sector organisations can apply for funding between £500 and £5,000 to help them deliver ideas and projects that create, improve or make a real difference.
Examples could include improving allotments, creating a space for growing vegetables so neighbours can eat healthily or and doing up an alleyway into a communal garden.
Our Green Dividend Ambassadors - working closely with the Get Oldham Growing Team – will also be on hand to offer support and advice.
It’s easy to apply – all you have to do is put forward a proposal and then our Green Dividend Ambassadors and a panel made up of councillors and council officers will decide if your project should be funded.
If the idea isn’t suitable, the Green Dividend Ambassador will give feedback and possible alternative ideas and suggestions.
Councillor Barbara Brownridge, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Co-operatives, said: “One of Oldham’s strengths is its people, the pride they take in their neighbourhoods and their willingness to pitch in and ‘do their bit’.
“Our residents are proud to live here and the Green Dividend fund is a great way they can get involved, help to improve their neighbourhoods and make a real difference.
“We want people to get in touch with us, commit to carrying out improvements and then continue the good work so their areas are well maintained for years to come.
“We’ve still got many financial challenges to meet but if all public servants, residents and local businesses work together we can all benefit.”
There are three rounds of funding which residents can apply for:
Round 1: Launch 21 November 2016, deadline for applications is the 19 December 2016 and the results published on the 20 January 2017
Round 2: Launch 30 January 2017, deadline for applications is the 27 February 2017 and the results published on the 20 March 2017
Round 3: Launch 10 April 2017, deadline for applications is the 8 May 2017