National Lottery Community Fund Wales Director John Rose:
When you think of the National Lottery you often think 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 National Lottery Community Fund and in the next financial year we will be awarding over £34 million to communities, giving them a similar jackpot-winning feeling for the things that really matter to them.
Many of these individual grants are big, in the range of hundreds of thousands of pounds but many are much, much smaller too.
It is these grants from as little as £300 up to £10,000 that really get to the grassroots of communities, for projects such as Haverhub C.I.C in Haverfordwest who received £10,000 towards the renovation of an old Post Office to create a community facility and £8,895 awarded to Carmarthenshire People First to develop a service to allow individuals with learning disabilities or difficulties to access groups, meetings and training to fully involve them in decision making processes that impact on their lives.
This is not a new thing, as in the last decade alone we’ve awarded over 8,000 small grants totalling more than £31 million and over the next financial year we’ll distribute £4 million worth.
If you are after a larger grant for your community then we have other programmes offering up to £500,000. For example the Outdoor Partnership are using money raised by National Lottery players to use their natural environment in north Wales to improve the lives of people in the local community.
We aim to fund projects that involve their community in the design, development and delivery of the activities they’re planning. We believe this will help projects to be better supported by the energy and strengths that exist within communities and it is more likely to be successful as a result. We explain this approach in more detail in the video below.
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