SMALL voluntary and community groups in Solihull are being invited to come forward and get their hands on £250,000 of funding provided by the Government's Grassroot Grants scheme.
The money could be used by sports clubs to buy new kit or by voluntary organisations to train volunteers - or to simply give the village hall a fresh lick of paint.
Solihull Community Foundation (SCF) has been allocated the cash to make grants of between £250 and £5,000 to groups with annual incomes below £20,000.
Businesses across Solihull have also been invited to get involved through investing in the scheme's innovative endowment match challenge - the first of its kind in England.
Within the £130 million national programme, the Government has set aside a £50m pot from which it will match investments from businesses - offering them the chance to contribute directly to supporting and sustaining the communities in which they operate.
SCF has a match fund target of £200,000 which it must reach in order to release an endowment allocation of £400,000 from the Government.
Eric Baptiste, director of SCF, said Solihull was full of small organisations and individuals who worked tirelessly to tackle local problems and "Grassroot Grants is exciting as it provides funding for community groups now and into the future.
"I urge local leaders and businesses to make an investment in the future of their community by contributing to the new endowment funds. Every penny that goes in will return a much greater value, particularly as donations will also be eligible for Gift Aid." * Application forms are available for groups to apply for the first round of grants in October. Contact Sharon Pinnock at SCF on 0121 700 3934.