Action Oldham Fund

Action Oldham Fund

Action Oldham Seed Corn Fund 2018 available now.

Organisations based or working within the Oldham Borough are invited to apply for the 'Action Oldham Seed Corn Fund'.  We are especially interested in supporting organisations carrying out new activities / projects / initiatives in the area or organisations that wish to experiment with new ideas and new approaches to familiar problems. 

Grants of up to £1,000 are available for organisations who are:

  • Helping to develop the skills and knowledge of Oldham residents to improve their quality of life and their ability to contribute to their community
  • Promoting wellbeing amongst Oldham residents
  • Promoting the ability of communities to manage change and to help themselves  

Deadline: Monday 29 October 2018, 12 noon.  Extended until Monday 5 November, 5pm

If you ave any questions contact Action Together's Development Team on: Tel: 0161 339 2345 Email:

Click here to download the grant and guidance notes.

The Action Oldham Fund is a charitable fund that supports good causes across borough with grants, so they can make a real difference to local lives.

Currently £8 in every £10 we give to charity in the borough goes overseas or to national charities. We encourage more local giving so the smaller volunteer- led organisations like our older people's luncheon clubs, self- help groups, support groups for children and young people can transform the lives of people right on our doorstep. You can be sure your money makes a real difference to the lives of Oldham residents.

Over 40 groups applied in 2017/18 for activities worth over £280k against a budget of £160k.

Successful groups who have received funding in 2017 are:


Project Description

Amount Granted

Active Oldham Outdoors

A network of age friendly social walks will be developed and delivered across three wards in Oldham.


Barnabas Community Project Oldham   

Create a new meeting room / hall / space enabling us to deliver more training courses, self-help groups, and help more local people to improve, gain qualifications, and thence achieve actualisation.


BfEM Work Club

Project to support the needs of both existing residents and those new to the area by providing ESOL and employability training courses. These will assist with integration into the community as well as providing the skills necessary to gain employment.


Church of the Nazarene (Oldham)

Starting CAP Community Work Club services which will include an 8 weeks step to employment course designed to develop skills to equip our clients to be job ready whilst they pursue employment opportunities.


Clarksfield Community Group

Our Alleyways Our Futures will create safe, upgraded, beautiful alleyway space for all residents, where they can grow food and flowers and socialise, and children can play safely. Big Local workers will support local champions, so residents are involved in visioning, planning and delivering the physical improvements (mainly to unadopted alleyway sites).


Friends of Stoneleigh Park

Growing to Eat will engage with local families/residents to provide gardening, growing and cooking skills at an accessible community venue which can be then transferred to the home environment.


Ghazali Trust

Clean Glodwick initiative will help individuals in Glodwick become productive citizens making a positive contribution to their local neighbourhood by supporting them into a volunteering role that is beneficial to both the individual and the community.


Greenacres Community Association

Refurbish and repurpose a large room that has been identified as space to be used as a craft and hobby rom doubling as a base for centre volunteers enabling the group to set up a programme of volunteer opportunities and support


Greenfield Cricket Club

Match funding towards the updating of changing room and storage facilities. enabling girls and umpires to be catered for


Hill Top Growers

Hill Top Growers meet weekly at the surgery and require an outdoor accessible shed to enable the group to work more independently and tend to the garden outside the main group hours. This along with marketing costs will increase interest and membership and make the project more visible and accessible to the patient population. It will also make the group more productive.


Hope Methodist Church

To pay for the instructor and room hire for 6 months and create a safe space for older people to socialise, feel safe and welcome whilst gaining the benefits of gentle exercise.


IGA Learning Support

Training and insurance enabling other groups to use their for 17 seater minibus


Indian Association Oldham

To employ a member of staff to co-ordinate, link in with partners locally and nationally and develop the project enabling the new community hall to become a thriving and vibrant community hub. To organise activities for all and create better understanding, respect and harmony within the communities in the neighbourhood and surrounding areas. resulting in a healthier and happy community.


Mills Hill Baptist Church and Community Centre

Mills Hill Community Hall 'Pink Room' re-flooring project seeks to replace the existing carpet with hardwearing vinyl, creating a hygienic, safe, smooth surface to enable more intensive use.


NEON (Networking in East Oldham Neighbourhoods)

To install an up to date kitchen to increase voluntary and charity plus commercial sector use and to expand their involvement with Grown Oldham Feeding Ambition. This will provide a suitable venue for food preparation, delivery and preservation.


NEON (Networking in East Oldham Neighbourhoods)

Developing of a men's club to increase social contact and improve health


Oasis Hub Oldham

Bringing the community together through a cookery group to increase skills, confidence, healthy eating and to build relationships.


Oldham Personal Advocacy Limited (OPAL)

To develop learning disability and autism friends from within existing community groups to break down barriers and increase participation of the learning disability/autistic community and the confidence of groups to welcome and include people.


Sholver Millennium Green Trust

The project will improve the accessibility of the Millennium Green through working with local people to create new footpaths, undertake woodland management for sustainability and community enjoyment, plus improve the community growing hub. It will also deliver popular and important family holiday and social isolation activities inside the community centre.



Based at Royal Oldham Hospital, parents who have experienced neonatal intensive care giving support to others in a similar situation.  Funding would be used to recruit and train new volunteers and for various workshops (baby yoga, mindfulness, first aid etc) to give parents skills, tools and confidence.


The Growing Hub Limehurst

To develop the Growing Hub with the addition of solar powered energy and a water capture system. To increase the community participation in food growing, cooking and eating and to improve their skills and well being.


Veg In the Park 

( V.I.P )

Require funding to enable them to publicise and promote Veg in the Park.

Funding will enable the purchase of publicity leaflets, fliers, banners, posters as well as T shirts/sweatshirts for regular volunteers working on site.


Werneth & Freehold Community Development Project

Deliver a programme of health initiatives broken down into key areas of interest and needs for women in the community.


Werneth Cricket, Bowling and Tennis Club

 Help towards the purchasing of new ground drying equipment.


Wrexham Close Saturday Evening Social

Self help group who have recently moved to new premises and are asking for help towards insurance and transport costs to help older members and new members attend the club on a weekend night when they are more vulnerable to loneliness.


Please click here to view our 2016 Impact Report 

For further details and to find out if you are eligible contact a member of the Development team on Tel: 0161 339 2345  or Email: