Sale Locality Partnership Make Sale Smile’ Voluntary Sector Grant scheme is open to applications and groups and individuals are encouraged to apply for a share of the £20,000 grants pot.

The aim of the scheme is to support local groups, with grants of up to £1,500 (constituted groups) and £300 (unconstituted groups) for their project ideas which will ultimately benefit Sale and its residents.

Groups who wish to apply have until 5pm on Tuesday 18 April 2017 to do so. To help people who may want a little more information or guidance with their application, there is a drop-in session being held on Monday 3rd April 2017 4pm – 6pm at Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, M33 7ZF.

The Chair of Sale Locality Partnership, Cllr John Lamb, said: “Trafford Council is committed to providing support to local communities and groups to help them improve things in their local area. We have already seen what fantastic imaginative and often very simple ways local people can improve things. This is one reason why we are delighted to once again offer two levels of grants to ‘Make Sale Smile’ in 2017 which we know encourages neighbours and individuals to apply alongside established groups to turn their ideas into reality”.

There will be a networking event held on Thursday, 11 May for all those applying for the £300 grant. At the event they will have the opportunity to meet and share ideas with other candidates and local residents. Those that meet the criteria for the £1,500 grant will be invited to a public vote event on Saturday, 3 June 2017 at Square Shopping Centre, Sale

Copies of the application forms and guidance notes can be downloaded from:www.traffordpartnership.org/sale

For further enquiries please contact the Partnerships & Communities team on 0161 912 1173 or email: Partnershipsteam@trafford.gov.uk