Two charity trusts have joined forces in an aim to support more local people.
The Provincial Insurance Trust for Bolton and the David Walsh Trust have merged to become The Provincial/Walsh Trust For Bolton.
David Porter, chairman of the new trust, said: “Now we hope to be able to help many more each year, with a wider spread across the Bolton area.
“All the money is invested, and twice a year the interest from that is distributed by the eight trustees, people from various walks of life in Bolton, who give their services free.
“We are always looking for people with an outstanding flair which needs nurturing, but where some extra cash is needed to make the dream come true.”
The Provincial Insurance Trust for Bolton was originally formed in the 1950s and has helped many local people and causes over the years.
Former professional rugby player Dave Clarke, from Horwich, who had a kidney transplant, six heart attacks and a quadruple heart bypass, became World Champion in the badminton doubles at the World Transplant Games after he was sponsored by the trust in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
The David Walsh Trust was set up with proceeds from the former Walsh’s Institute at Longsight, which closed in 2002.
Among those it has helped is George Taylor, aged 18 from Harwood, who is hoping to become a professional violinist and has been offered a place at the Royal College of music, in Cardiff. He was given a grant towards a new violin.