APPLICATIONS are being taken from voluntary organisations, charities and schools to share £50,000 to improve two Halton Lea estates.

The Community Chest Fund has been launched by housing association Riverside to build stronger communities in Hallwood Park and Palace Fields.

To be awarded a share of the fund, applicants must demonstrate how the project will benefit residents by tackling isolation in older people, reduce poverty, bringing the community together and reducing anti-social behaviour.

Dean Butterworth, Riverside’s Regional Director, said: “We are delighted to launch this fund to help tackle local issues and support vulnerable people.

“This follows feedback from residents which highlighted a real need for more local projects to be set up to support those most in need.”

The fund is part of a commitment to invest £20 million over 10 years, with the application deadline set for 5pm on Friday, May 10, via the Riverside website.