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£34 million to support people and communities across Wales

July 3, 2018

Big Lottery Fund Wales Director John Rose explains how as a funder we want to support people to access National Lottery funding through us to make great choices for communities the length and breadth of Wales through our ‘People in the Lead’ vision and new regional structure.

The Big Lottery Fund believes that people should lead in improving their lives by drawing upon the skills, assets and energy in their communities, and on 4 July 2018 we announced that we have £34 million funding available for communities in Wales to do just that.

We feel that strong, vibrant communities can be built and renewed by the people living in them – making them ready for anything in the face of future opportunities and challenges. That’s why we’ve developed our approach to enable people and communities to lead that change to improve their lives by drawing upon the skills, assets and energy in their communities,”

To publicise the funding we brought together groups from across Wales to the Senedd to showcase what they’ve achieved through their funding. We met with Assembly Members to encourage them to spread the word about National Lottery funding available in their constituencies.

Lord Elis-Thomas, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport spoke of the positive contribution arising from investment in communities through the Big Lottery Fund: “We are now approaching the 25th anniversary of the National Lottery, and during this period it has had a transformational impact on the funding of arts, sport, heritage and a host of charitable causes and community projects.  I hope that the National Lottery will continue to make a key contribution to communities across Wales through projects similar to those on display here today – I’m sure that other communities in Wales will draw inspiration from the stories that have been shared today.”

Last year the Big Lottery Fund in Wales re-organised into three regions including three teams to cover North Wales, Mid and West Wales, and South East and Central Wales.

Working in this way is about us to being more accessible and better connected to the people and communities we serve, which in turn will help maximise the impact of our National Lottery funding.

The Big Lottery Fund is best known for distributing National Lottery players’ money to support projects in health, education, environment and charitable purposes. We are responsible for distributing 40 per cent of all funds raised for good causes by the National Lottery.

Over the last two years communities in Wales have benefited from National Lottery funding through the Big Lottery Fund in the following ways:

  • Community services and facilities £40m to 759 projects
  • Health and wellbeing £24m to 201 projects
  • Learning £22m to 130 projects
  • Children, Young People £19m to 314 projects
  • Environment £16m to 99 projects
  • Employment and Enterprise £12m to 71 projects

*The data represents projects relating to that theme however that does not necessarily mean it is the focus. This is because our funding is complex and many if not most projects will tackle more than one thematic area.

The projects who have benefited from Big Lottery Fund grants and attended the Senedd announcement were:

  • The Trinity Project which brings together refugees, asylum seekers and the wider community on their Cardiff allotment to grow and cook together.
  • Down to Earth who work with refugees and asylum seekers around Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Carmarthenshire building an e-vehicle transport pool.
  • Same but Different which uses photography and video to challenge society’s assumptions about people with rare diseases.
  • Clwyd Special Riding Centre introduced their purpose-built, unique Centre which enables people with complex needs to benefit from therapeutic effect of being with horses
  • The Outdoor Partnership based in North Wales, who support local people into employment in the outdoor activity tourism sector.
  • Milford Youth Matters, who support young people back into employment through placements and training opportunities.

The event in the Senedd was sponsored by Jane Hutt, AM Vale of Glamorgan.Untitled design (11).png

If you would like to find out how to access National Lottery funding for your community visit our website or contact our advice team by emailing wales@biglotteryfund.org.uk or by calling 0300 123 0735 (open Monday to Friday 9:00 – 17:00).

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