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Boost Fund Plus

The Boost Fund Plus is now closed. 

Successful recipients of the fund

Penwortham recipients
8th Penwortham St Teresa's Scout GroupScout Hut refurbishmentNew roof and doors to scout hut at rear of St Teresa's church, improving both the aesthetic of the building and making it more secure after recent vandalism£13,130
Penwortham Town CouncilHill Road cemetery - road resurfacingImprovement works to the access / egress to the cemetery where the surface is breaking down. This will particularly benefit older visitors to the cemetery, and those with limited mobility£30,000
Penwortham Town CouncilMental Health First AidMatch funding to the £10,000 allocated by Penwortham Town Council to provide Mental Health First Aid accredited training courses to people that reside or work in Penwortham.£10,000
Penwortham Community HubMiddleforth Community GardenCreation of a community garden on currently disused land between Gaskell Road and Havelock Road, with local residents volunteering to support planting, bio-diversity and food growing.£15,000


Bamber Bridge, Lostock Hall and Walton-le-Dale recipients
Age Concern Central LancsLostock Hall Friendship and activities hall refurbishmentInstallation of a new floor surface in the main hall and roof insulation for the conservatory roof, to enable increased and more varied use of the premises for community social activities for all ages.£19,500
Finleys Families CICFinleys first stepsProvision of a programme designed for expectant parents to learn the basics of baby parenting. The course will cover basic baby care such as bathing, safe sleeping, and pre & postnatal parent support.£19,091
St Catherine's HospiceUpgrading pathways at St Catherine's HospiceReplacement of the paving around the main building at St Catherine's Hospice to tarmac; the current footpath is in a state beyond repair.£10,000


Leyland and Farington recipients
Churches TogetherFurniture schemeFunding to replace the van used for collecting and delivering furniture, thus enabling the continuation of the furniture service.£20,000
St Ambrose Halls for AllWarm halls for allReplacement heating system for more efficient, environmentally friendly boilers, to make the venue warm and welcoming for all.£15,000
Key Unlocking FuturesBase II community centreMatch funding to support the creation of additional space at the Base Community Centre - utilising two vacant retail units along the same row as the existing facility.£34,545
Leyland Community RadioRadio Leyland studio premisesRefurbishment of a formerly disused room at St Mary's Community Centre to make it suitable for use as a live radio studio, an audio production and editing area, and a training facility£5,000
Leyland United Reformed ChurchCommunity spaceMatch funding to create a new space for community use. Total project cost of £160,000, with over £140,000 raised by church. This grant will support running costs for consumables & heating.£19,000


Eastern recipients
Samlesbury Memorial HallOutdoor patio and field pathCreation of a new patio area adjacent to Samlesbury Memorial Hall, plus edged gravel path suitable for disabled access around adjacent field, with new gates installed for safety£16,741
Walton-le-Dale Recreation SocietyWoodland walk and sensory gardenExtension to the woodland path and incorporation of a sensory area, with a wild flower garden, wooden sculptures, insect and bird boxes and extra picnic tables and benches.£8,000


Western recipients
Longton VMModernisation programmeFunding to enable the next phase of venue development: extension to the dancefloor and creation of a covered patio and veranda upgrade£48,842



Background information - what is the Boost Fund Plus?

South Ribble Borough Council has five Community Hubs which work on projects and improvement schemes in their local areas:

  • Bamber Bridge, Lostock Hall and Walton le Dale
  • Eastern Parishes (Samlesbury, Higher Walton, Gregson Lane and Coupe Green)
  • Leyland and Farington
  • Penwortham
  • Western Parishes (Hutton, Little Hoole, Much Hoole, Longton and New Longton)

Each one is made up of councillors for that area, and works closely with partners such as Parish Councils, Police and community groups.

For 2022, an investment fund was created to deliver local priorities.

What is the funding for?

The funding was designed for projects which are going to have a positive long-lasting impact on the communities they are working with, and as such are required to meet certain criteria and priority points.

Below is an overview of the criteria needed for a project to receive this funding:

  • Funding must be spent and projects must be completed within 12 months.
  • Your project should align with at least one of three of the corporate plan priorities
    • Thriving Communities
    • A fair economy that works for everyone
    • Good homes, green spaces, healthy places
  • Your project should have social value, and this be demonstrated in the application.
  • Applications should clearly demonstrate what demographic of the community they are seeking to meet.

Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for a funding award, applicants must have:

  • Been based in South Ribble, or have demonstrable experience of delivering services in South Ribble.
  • Been a registered charity, a not-for-profit organisation, or a constituted community group.
  • Had a bank account registered to their group or organisation.

Grant scales

In total, £350,000 was available in grants of the following scale:

Grant scales
Small grantsUp to £1000
Medium grants>£1000 up to £10,000
Large grants>£10,000 up to £20,000


In exceptional circumstances, grants of over £20,000 may have been made and applicants needed to demonstrate the critical need and / or significant impact.


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