APPLICATIONS have been invited for a new Community Renewal Fund.

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council is looking for pilot programmes and new approaches that invest in skills, communities, businesses and helping people into jobs.

A maximum of £3million of government grant cash to be spent in the borough is available up to March next year.

Martin Kelly, Blackburn with Darwen Council's growth director, said: "The government’s application process is challenging, and successful bidders will be required to deliver within demanding timelines.

"However, it is also a great opportunity to develop and pilot new proposals to support the growth of Blackburn with Darwen.”

Applications will be assessed for selection and the successful ones will be submitted as a collective bid by the council by June 18.

Potential applicants must register an 'Expression of Interest' by 5pm on Friday April 16.

Completed applications must be submitted to the council by no later than 5pm on Friday May 14.