National Lottery Offers Financial Support to Community Projects in UK

Community projects receive cash from National Lottery

The National Lottery has just offered financial support to hundreds of community projects in the country.

Over £4 million has been allocated to projects in Southwest England. The funding is shared among organisations based in Portland, West Dorset, Purbeck and more.

£9,610 has gone into the hands of the Royal Manor Theatre Company in Portland to refurbish their kitchen so that the community room can be improved to suit a wider range of activities.

Thorncombe village shop is to build a designated cafe area with the £5,500 it received with the goal to bring more people together and combat rural isolation.

With a grant of £2,500, two defibrillators will be introduced in Winterborne Whitchurch. The Purbeck Youth and Community Foundation has received £9,800 of the funding and London’s Greenford High School has been given £10,000 for their Duke of Edinburgh Scheme.

“Thanks to National Lottery players, communities large and small are able to get the funding they need to bring their great ideas to life. Every time someone buys a National Lottery ticket it raises vital funds that help make a difference to hundreds of people’s lives. We’re delighted to be able to support projects like these in Dorset, which is a fantastic example of people coming together to use their ambitions and aspirations to create something wonderful for their local community.” commented James Harcourt, England Grant-Making Director at the Big Lottery Fund.

A total of £4.3 million has gone into the South West region, supporting 251 community projects and organisations.

The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for allocating fundings raised by National Lottery players for good causes. In 2017, more than half a billion pounds were given out by the Big Lottery Fund, benefiting more than 11,000 projects relating to health, education, environment and charity across the UK.

This quarter, nearly £60 million is made available to organisations across England.