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Small Sparks

A spark of an idea to make a difference in your local area. We are currently supporting Small Sparks ideas in Ashton-in-Makerfield.

With a small pot of money we want to help people to turn their ideas into ways that bring people together in their neighbourhood.

Many people have great ideas but a lack of resources or money gets in the way. Traditionally applying for a grant takes time and co-ordination and it can be uncertain whether you would be successful or not, which may discourage local people from trying.

We want to make this an easy process through Small Sparks.Small Sparks is a small grant of £250 available to local people with an idea that brings people together. The application process is easy and quick, and is little more than you would put on the back of an envelope.


  • Becky built a little library in the local park, bringing people together to share their books and their love of reading. This led to Michelle starting a book club.
  • Alistair used the Small Sparks money to help set up a cinema club and people come together around their love of films.
  • Jem used Small Sparks to start a Ukulele group. They bought 3 uekeles that they could lend to people who wanted to learn, and paid for 6 lessons to get the group going. They now meet in the local pub on a Tuesday evening.
  • Gia got her neighbours together to tidy up the alley behind their gardens, and held a garden party for everyone involved and their families.
  • Jed is using Small Sparks to build a shed on the community allotment where he can get together with others for DIY projects and to share skills and advice

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