Wigan groups can bid for funding to take back control of cultural buildings
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Groups in the North West will be able to bid for a share of the Government’s £150m community ownership fund to rescue cultural buildings in their area that could otherwise be lost forever, as the second round of funding is open.
The first round of grants helped 39 projects across the UK, including five in the North West.
Changes to the fund announced at the end of May will ensure it is more inclusive and flexible, so that more communities can benefit.
Neil O’Brien, minister for levelling up, the union and constitution, said: “Our community ownership fund is helping communities across the north-west of England to level up and we want to encourage more local people to bid to save the local assets they love.
“From redeveloping a community boxing gym in Oldham to saving Bury FC’s historic Gigg Lane, we are supporting towns, boosting local pride and helping communities thrive.”
The fund has been updated to widen eligibility criteria, including removing the requirement that assets have had a use within the last five years, and will now consider any asset which has had a previous community use.