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How Carmarthenshire Youth and Children’s Association (CYCA) are adapting to COVID-19 

May 5, 2020

We understand that COVID-19 is impacting on many of the groups funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, but we are also very proud of how those we fund in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors are adapting their services to support their communities thanks to a £10,000 grant from the National Lottery Community Fund.

In this blog we’re talking to Carmarthenshire Youth and Children’s Association (CYCA) based in Llanelli. CYCA provide a range of wellbeing support for families including counselling and mentoring, and also provide nurseries and after-school clubs for young children. Recently, they’ve been focusing their efforts on adapting their services online to meet the needs of their community. We spoke to Tracy Pike MBE, CEO of CYCA to find out more:  Read more…

How Glenwood Church are adapting to the COVID-19 crisis

April 27, 2020

We understand that COVID-19 is impacting on many of the groups funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, but we are also very proud of how those we fund in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors are adapting their services to support and help their communities.

We will be focusing on groups that are continuing to operate and keep people connected be that preparing food parcels for key workers, redesigning their websites to include dedicated sections on COVID-19, or even running 1-1 sessions via text messages. You can read our first blog on Men’s Sheds Cymru here and our second one on Dynamic Wrexham here. Read more…

How Dynamic Wrexham are adapting to COVID-19

April 21, 2020

We understand that COVID-19 is impacting on many of the groups funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, but we are also very proud of how those we fund in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors are adapting their services to support and help their communities.

We are focusing on three of such groups that are continuing to operate and keep people connected be that preparing food parcels for key workers, redesigning their websites to include dedicated sections on COVID-19, or even running 1-1 sessions via text messages. You can read our first blog on Men’s Sheds Cymru  here. Read more…

How Men’s Sheds Cymru are adapting to COVID-19

April 16, 2020

We understand that COVID-19 is impacting on many of the groups funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, but we are also very proud of how those we fund in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors are adapting their services to support and help their communities.

Over the next week we will be focusing on three of such groups that are continuing to operate and keep people connected be that preparing food parcels for key workers, redesigning their websites to include dedicated sections on COVID-19, or even running 1-1 sessions via text messages. Read more…

Young people: We want to you to join our team and make a difference for young people in Wales!

March 3, 2020

What is the Young People in the Lead Wales team?

At The National Lottery Community Fund, we have big plans for 2020 as we work to make sure that the voices of young people, 16-24 years old, are included in all our work, whether it’s through the grants we make, the people we influence or the things we learn.

In Wales, we’re especially excited this year to start working on a new funding programme which will award grants for projects that support young people. We want to make sure young people’s voices play a huge part in shaping and designing this funding. That’s why we’re looking for a dynamic team of young people across Wales to work closely with us to develop the programme. Read more…

Being people-led is a key theme we look for in all applications to The National Lottery Community Fund

February 28, 2020

Ruth Bates, Head of Communications and Engagement (Wales) explains what this means for community groups wanting to apply to The National Lottery Awards for All, which funds awards from £300 to £10,000.

Putting people in the lead means the people you’ll be working with will need to be meaningfully involved in the development, design and delivery of your project. Within the application you’ll need to demonstrate this.

Simply put, people in the lead means speaking to whoever you’re trying to work with. We’re flexible about how you do that. We’re also realistic about how it looks depending on the size of your organisation. But we do need to see the community involved in the project’s development and its delivery. We want to fund projects developed with people, not done to them. Read more…

Grants top-up scheme to support climate action

November 25, 2019

Earlier this year we launched a £100 million fund to support projects across the UK to take action on climate change. The Climate Action Fund, which is now open to applications will enable people and communities to take the lead in tackling the climate emergency. Read more…

Building a collective moment is key to The National Lottery Community Fund’s Climate Action Fund

October 11, 2019

At the National Lottery Community Fund we believe that when people are in the lead then communities will thrive. You may have seen that we’ve recently announced a £100million Climate Action Fund to support thriving communities across the UK to tackle the climate emergency in a way that, collectively, makes a difference that benefits everyone.

If you want to find out more how you can make a positive impact on the environment with your National Lottery funding, visit our website by clicking here.

Why is climate action so important to us? We believe that addressing the climate emergency is everybody’s business.

As we celebrate the 25th birthday of the National Lottery this November we are proud of our role in funding environmental activities across the UK. Since 2013 alone we have invested around £345million (through 4,800 grants) in total on projects with an environmental aspect across the UK including: Read more…

Photographic exhibition marks 25th National Lottery birthday

October 1, 2019

Today (1 October) 25 charities and community groups from across Wales joined the National Lottery’s 25th birthday celebration in the Senedd to share their stories – captured on camera about their incredible impact in supporting communities to thrive.

Lord Elis Thomas, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism unveiled the photographic exhibition which captures the story of 25 years of funding communities thanks to The National Lottery Community Fund.

Wales Director at the Fund says “For 25 years The National Lottery has been helping communities to thrive and the National Lottery Community Fund – the largest community funder in Wales – is proud of the role we’ve played in supporting people and communities to thrive. Read more…

Celebrating 25 years of supporting communities in Wales to thrive

September 30, 2019

This November we’re celebrating the 25th birthday of The National Lottery. Since the first National Lottery draw in 1994, it’s not just the jackpot winners that have had their lives changed for the better. In Wales 20,671 good causes have received a share of £973.5 million of National Lottery funding to community projects.

The National Lottery Community Fund distributes 40% of National Lottery funds raised for good causes supporting health, education, the environment and charitable purposes. We are the largest community funder in Wales, supporting people and communities to thrive.

Our funding is having a positive impact on communities across Wales and to give you a flavour of the breadth of projects we’ve supported, we’re counting down the years and showcasing 25 examples of organisations we have supported in the 25 years since The National Lottery began… Read more…