RapidROCA cash boosts available for innovative community projects and groups

A FANTASTIC opportunity for local projects to receive a quick £500 cash boost has been unveiled by First Choice Homes Oldham (FCHO) and partners for a second year.

The Rapid ROCA fund is open to community groups and projects in the borough and the quick decision means applicants will be notified within three days of making a bid.

company-logoFCHO’s HQ – First Place on Union Street – will host two drop-in sessions from 5-7pm on Tuesday 23 February and 10am-12noon on Wednesday 24 February.

Applicants will ideally already have a committee of members and a bank account in place but start-up projects that don’t will not be turned away.

Bidders will need to fill out an application form at either of the sessions and staff will be on-hand to offer advice and guidance.

Applicants will not be required to give in-depth financial information but must state what the funds will be used for, which has to be Oldham based and benefit communities in the area.

At last year’s Rapid ROCA a total of £7,730 was committed to projects and new ideas, with all the money staying in the borough.

Dave Smith, customer first director FCHO said: “The projects the panel funded through Rapid ROCA spanned the whole age range, from children’s activities, to over 40s activity classes, and included an intergenerational tea dance.

“They covered cooking, gardening, wildlife and outdoor activities, and health and wellbeing; what they all had in common is that they provide direct benefits to the local community.

“We look forward to seeing what Oldhamers bring to the events this year.”

ROCA was established in 2007 by (FCHO) to provide financial assistance for projects that bring neighbourhoods together and develop individuals’ skills to benefit the diverse community of Oldham.

For your chance to apply to #RapidROCA just turn up at First Place at the drop in sessions. Rapid ROCA will not fund sports kits or political groups.

If you would like to discuss your application in advance please call Joanne White on 0161 393 5302, or email ROCA@fcho.co.uk 

Find First Choice Homes Oldham at First Place, 22 Union Street, Oldham, OL1 1BE or visit their website.


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