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OWL’s Community Bid for Funding initiative is back and we are looking for other great local causes to support as part of the team’s commitment to the local community. The initiative was first launched in summer 2013, as part of the team’s commitment to the local area, to recognise and hopefully assist the tremendous work carried out locally, both by charities and community initiatives. Before we give you the details on how to apply this year, we checked back with last year’s winners to see how the funding had made a difference to them.



Warrington Integrated Sports Club (WISC)

Warrington Integrated Sports Club, based at Great Sankey Leisure Centre, provides sports and social facilities for adults with disabilities.

The funding received from OWL has been used to maintain and insure their minibus (pictured) which transports members to and from their homes each week. We wish WISC all the best in continuing their truly fantastic work!

Image caption: WISC members with the group’s minibus

Active Hope

Active Hope is a charity that provides outdoor and adventure activities for local children, many from disadvantaged backgrounds, giving them access to experiences that would normally be out of their reach. They were able to purchase 10 new mountain bikes with the money which will benefit local children for years to come.

Image caption: Active Hope’s new bikes in action

Burtonwood Community Centre

The Burtonwood Community Centre is a much loved local facility which is home to a range of groups catering for all ages and interests.

The centre had a garden area which was overgrown and untidy but with the funding, they were able to transform it into somewhere the whole community could enjoy. One of the children’s groups has planted strawberries, peas and lettuces and will get to eat their produce when ripe!

Image caption: Burtonwood Community Centre’s new planters in bloom

Previous winners (in 2014) included:

• Warrington Charities Trust
• The Relationships Centre
• Warrington Open Doors at Christmas
• Burtonwood Scouts Group
• Clean up my community

Apply for community funding for 2016

If you are from a local charity or community initiative, and it sounds like we might be able to help you, please send us a short one page bid including:

  • Your individual/group/charity/project name and who is involved
  • Information on what you do – or would like to do
  • Statement on what difference the funding would make to you/your group
  • What support you would like to bid for i.e. time or funding
  • Contact details (telephone, email and postal address)

Please note that applications are open to charities and community groups only – commercial organisations will not be considered.

Please send through your bids either by e-mailing or writing to: Omega’s Community Bid for Funding, Freepost RTHZ-AKZT-SABG, GL Hearn, 280 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EE.

The closing date for all applications is Sunday 13th November 2016.