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Published by James Allan for Salix Homes in Housing and also in Communities

Last years recipients Jack Hobbs and Harry Davies, from Kersal Vale Beekeepers Last years recipients Jack Hobbs and Harry Davies, from Kersal Vale Beekeepers

A social housing provider is offering a share of £35,000 for worthwhile community projects in Salford.

Salix Homes, which manages 8,500 properties across Central Salford, is now inviting applications for its annual ‘Your Salix, Your Say’ fund.

Now in its fourth year, ‘Your Salix, Your Say’ gives community groups and organisations the chance to bid for between £250 and £4,000 to help finance worthwhile projects that will help improve the area where they live.

Since it began ‘Your Salix, Your Say’ has channeled £105,000 into the Salford community and supported 44 local projects.

This year £3,000 has been allocated specifically for young people aged between 11 and 24 who are invited to submit bids to help fund projects or initiatives aimed at the younger generation.

Sue Sutton, director of customer and neighbourhood services at Salix Homes, said: “Salix Homes is passionate about supporting local community initiatives that bring people together and keep our communities thriving, which is why we are delighted to be once again supporting the Salford community with much-needed funding.

“’Your Salix, Your Say’ has provided a lifeline for many groups and individuals over the years and we recognise that in the current economic climate, additional funding streams are more sought after than ever.

“I’d urge any community groups, local clubs or self-help organisations who are struggling for funding to apply for a ‘Your Salix, Your Say’ grant.  We want to help continue the excellent work they do to strengthen the sense of community in Salford and make it a more desirable place to live for everyone.”

Last year’s winners included Kersal Vale Beekeepers who were awarded £2,256 to fund Salford’s first bee laboratory at their apiary at Kersal Vale Allotments on Littleton Road.

Thanks to the funding boost the bee laboratory is now up and running and the beekeepers are assisting the National Bee Unit in the detection of exotic pests in a bid to protect the country’s honey bee colonies.

Ordsall Community Allotment Society also scooped £4,932 last year which helped boost the coffers of their fundraising campaign to buy a parcel of land to transform into allotments.

Earlier this year planning permission was granted to build the allotments on the site of the former Jubilee Pub in Tatton Street, Ordsall, and they are expected to open next spring.

The deadline for applications is Friday, February 14, 2014. Decision Day, when each of the finalists will showcase their project before taking to the polls to vote which project they believe should get the money, takes place at Salford Sports Village on Littleton Road on Saturday,29 March.

For more information or an application pack call Jackie Crook on 0161 779 8966, email hello@salixhomes.org or visit www.salixhomes.org

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