Action Oldham Fund

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Published date: 
Wednesday, 16th October 2019

Action Oldham Fund Small Grant (formerly known at Project) and Micro Grant (formerly know as Seed Corn) available now. Deadline Monday 18 November 2019, 12pm

Organisations based or working within the Oldham Borough are invited to apply for the small grant (upto £10,000) or micro grant (upto £1,000). 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 and £10,000 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  

Click here for the  small grant application form

Click here for the small grant application guidance

Click here for the micro grant application form

Clic here for the micro grant application guidance

Click here for the monitoring requirements

Click here for the monitoring guidance

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:

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 £90,000 was given out in grants in 2018.  Successful groups who have received Project Funding include:

Chadderton Together Foxdenton Pavillion - A New Future 
Local historians and community groups are working together under the banner of Chadderton Together in order to save Oldham's heritage and renovate Foxdenton Hall, the only Grade II listed building in Chadderton that has fallen into disrepair having been closed to the public for several years due to safety reasons. Viridor Credits and Oldham Council grants will meet the costs of all the major work, including the installation of a new kitchen, we are now asking for funding towards the flooring, kitchen equipment and furniture which will enable the pavillion to be opened to the public.
Dog with a Bone Dog with a Bone - improving mental health using the outdoors - teaching 43 people mindfulness using drystone walling as a medium & we will train volunteers to run courses. We will also use the money to help make Dog with a Bone sustainable using volunteers to promote what we do.  £8,600
Hack Oldham Hack the Community would fund a worker for an additional two days per week, concentrating on reaching out to groups and individuals in the community to build the membership, attract volunteers, expanding our offering and opening up the activities we are able to provide.  £10,000
IGA Learning Support CLEO Citizenship: Learn English in Oldham has been created as a free source to help the people of Oldham who need to prepare for the British Citizenship test. This grant will help us develop our own resources and materials to embed functional skills and ICT underpinning the British citizenship test The grant will put in place 4 sessions of 3 hours every week and help our learners pass the exam which will lead to employment and help community cohesion.  £10,000
Limehurst Lions ARLFC Five Year Vision for Limehurst Lions - funding to help prepare and maintain the pitch to Northwest Counties Junior Rugby League standards ensuring the future of Limehurst Lions and expanding our services to include getting the local community more involved with fundays and regular activities in the club premises.   £7,000
Open Shutters Photography CIC Photography In The Community- will work with existing and newly-created Community Groups and other not-for-profit organisations to help them identify and understand the importance of creating a photographic resource which they can then use in media, social media and on websites to promote themselves, recruit members, support funding bids and demonstrate the outcomes of previous funding bids.  We will provide training in basic photographic skills (e.g. composition, lighting) to Community Groups, including ensuring that they understand their obligations under GDPR. We can also advise and assist with the purchase of any photographic equipment, and help with getting photographs printed and framed for display.  £10,000
South Chadderton Methodist Church Good Living Cafe - We would like to provide a place where people can come and be assured of healthy food, in the form of fresh soup, and company. This venture would be open to everyone, but we would have a focus on caring specifically for the older members of our community, particularly those in nearby sheltered housing. The grant payment would fund a community worker to organise these sessions and liaise with the local community and for additional equipment that may be needed such as volunteer aprons, and for speakers and additional refreshments. £3,410
The Empowerment People The Safer Person Project, working with groups of young people from LGBT and non LGBT communities, is a programme of 8 sessions for young people that cover themes such as mental health, self- care, LGBT awareness, peer support skills, knowing local services to help others and so on.  It will develop young people’s resilience skills and encourage a proactive approach to addressing discrimination and prejudice, in essence training young people to be the very best friend they can be to others, and a development plan to help others in their community. £5,000
TiPP The Connect & Create project will provide disadvantaged young people aged 16 to 25 currently living in supported accommodation in the Oldham area 'Wellbeing Workshops’. Themed around the 5 Ways to
Wellbeing (Be Active, Keep Learning, Take Notice, Connect with People and Give Back) this will provide young people with practical solutions to help improve their mental health, develop their resilience and build their social skills in a safe and supportive environment. 
Water Adventure Centre

Water Fun in the Park! - deliver a series of family fun day  activities on the water in partnership with other providers and deliver targeted group work sessions for young people and priority groups.  

Woodhouses Cricket Club

Community Club Sustainability - The grant will be used to match fund the costs involved in carrying out all the necessary major internal clubhouse alterations to create a community room and much needed additional capacity and space available for use by all sectors of the local community.  


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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: