A community group has urged organisations working in the Fishwick and St Matthew’s wards of Preston to take advantage of ‘quick win’ pots of funding of up to £500.
The inner east area of the city was among nine North West communities allocated £1m of funding through a Big Lottery Fund (BIG) scheme.
Residents themselves are able to decide how to spend the money to improve the two areas over 10 years.
The Friends of Fishwick and St Matthew’s community group has launched an initiative to find out how the Big Local grant should be spent.
Last month people visiting the Hesketh Arms in New Hall Lane were asked to put stickers next to themes to help them prioritise local issues that need funding, in return for a donation to charity.
Employment, housing, empty buildings, green space, traffic problems and poverty were among the issues being considered for the plan.
However, in the meantime, ‘quick win’ grants are available, with the deadline for applications tomorrow at 5pm.
Dave Morgan, Big Local representative, said: “We’re holding a meeting of our sub group on Monday to look at the first round of applications and make decisions about who is going to get that money.
“If we don’t allocate all of it we will advertise for a second round at some point.
“It’s a way of engaging people because one of the conditions of these grants is that the groups get members involved in telling us what they want.”
Danny Walsh, the Friends of Fishwick and St Matthew’s community development worker, said they had received around 15 applications so far.
He said: “These grants could fund equipment, activities or trips out.”
To find out how you can apply or get involved visit www.friendsoffishwickandstmatthews.org.uk.