Salix Homes. Releasing the potential

£35,000 up for grabs for Salix Homes' community projects

Salford housing organisation Salix Homes are offering local residents a chance to win money for local community projects, at a time when funding for community work is getting harder to obtain.

The housing organisation has set aside £35,000 for groups and ideas from within central Salford that could make local communities better places to live, or improve lives for residents. What's more, it will be the residents who decide which projects receive the funding.

The money has become available as a result of further savings the organisation has made by introducing new ways of working to free up funds that can be put into the community.

To apply for the money, applicants must live on a Salix Homes estate or provide a service that benefits Salix Homes' residents. Applications can be from individuals, groups of residents or leaseholders, or a voluntary, community or resident's group. Each idea - whether new or developing an existing activity - could receive from £250 to £5,000 of funding.

The initiative is now in its third year and examples of previous winning projects include community gardening, a community choir, and even a bee keeping project that is now producing its own honey and educating local school children.

While Salix Homes are funding this initiative, it will be down to the residents themselves decide which activities receive money. All applicants will present their bids in January 2013, and a voting system by local residents will determine how the money is allocated.

Salix Homes Director of Customer and Neighbourhood Services, Sue Sutton says it's resident involvement that makes this funding allocation unique: "It's very important to us that residents have a say on how money is spent and what priorities and activities are developed in Salford. We think this is the best way of getting local people involved in determining new projects and supporting new ideas."

"We hope that those residents who often think ‘wouldn't my area be great if... ‘ see this funding as an opportunity to turn that idea into a reality and work on submitting an application as a first step towards that."

Applications can be downloaded from the Salix Homes website at www.salixhomes.org/yoursalixyoursay.htm or applicants can talk to dedicated staff to get help with their applications. Contact Cath Walton on 0161 779 8021 or Jo Slater 0161 779 8938 or email them at catherine.walton@salixhomes.org or joanne.slater@salixhomes.org

Applications close 4:30pm, Friday 7 December 2012.