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£30 million of small grants have got to the grassroots of Welsh communities

February 6, 2017

Main 1.jpgWhen you think of the National Lottery you often think of that money shot of someone popping a bottle of champagne after scooping millions of pounds.

These scenes of celebration have been repeated by many thousands of good causes across Wales who have received life-changing grants thanks to money raised by National Lottery players.

Some of these grants are distributed by us at the Big Lottery Fund and in the next financial year we will be awarding over £40 million to community groups, giving them a similar jackpot-winning feeling.

And many of individual grants are big, ranging from hundreds of thousands to £1 million but many are much much smaller too.

It is these grants from as little as £500 up to £5,000 that really get to the grassroots of communities.

This is not a new thing, as in the last decade alone we’ve awarded over 8,000 small grants totalling more than £30 million and in the next financial year we’ll distribute £4 million worth.

Sounds great but what is the impact of these? Can a few thousand pounds be life-changing? Well yes it can and here are just a few fab reactions from groups that have received one.

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Brenda Fogg, Hope Restored

Hope Restored in Llandudno was awarded £1,650 to provide support, food and warmth for homeless people in the area.

Co-ordinator Brenda Fogg said: “I ran around this room twice when I heard we won – I was over the moon. That is not a lot of money to some people but to us that is a tremendous amount.

“I haven’t any experience of National Lottery funding. This was a stab in the dark we haven’t gone in for grants before. We’ve just been bobbing along. This is our first experience so absolutely thrilled to bits.”

Vitalize UK in Torfaen received £5,000 to start up a community internet radio station and photography & video programme, to engage with young people across Cwmbran.

Director Dan Williams said: “I believe that Vitalize UK will help to give the community the voice that it’s been missing for a number of years and that’s all thanks to the support from The Big Lottery Fund who have helped to make it possible to offer a series of unique opportunities across the county of Torfaen for people of all ages and abilities.

“Without the backing from Big Lottery Fund, Vitalize UK would still be nothing more than an idea in my mind but now, it’s simply a dream come true.”

Still need convincing? Then watch the magical moment when a choir of people affected by cancer surprise RainbowBiz Limited with news of their £1,893 grant.

 

Tenovus Cancer Care’s Sing with Us choir pretended to be from the Big Lottery Fund before breaking out in song with news of the cash.

The grant will be used for an event to celebrate integration of diverse communities.

Co-director Sarah Way said: “We were overwhelmed by the news. We feel our links with the Big Lottery give RainbowBiz more credibility as an organisation, helping others to see the fantastic work our volunteers do throughout the year on all of our projects.

“Also, achieving this funding has opened up a serious opportunity for us to explore further funding to develop an idea for a community hub.”

Of course there are similar reactions when people receive grants from some of our other funding programmes including People and Places which offers grants of up to £1 million.

If you would like to apply for any of our grants why not call us on 0300 123 0735, email enquiries.wales@biglotteryfund.org.uk, tweet us @BigLotteryWales on Twitter or contact us on Facebook www.facebook.com/biglotteryfundwales

 

 

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