Lottery Grants for Community Groups
Scores of community projects in Wales are celebrating after being awarded lottery grants via the Awards for All programme which is run by the Big Lottery Fund. A total of £304,884 has recently been awarded and that amount is shared between 82 different projects, including Shakespeare Link which is based in Powys. Shakespeare Link has been awarded £5,000 to help organise a summer festival in 2011. The aim of the festival will be to make the work of Shakespeare more accessible to the general public, so for that particular group the Big Lottery Fund award could well be described as a midsummer night’s dream come true!
The groups receiving cash from the Awards for All programme are as diverse as they are widespread. The Tabernacl (Bethesda) Cyf in Gwynedd will be promoting the Welsh Language thanks to a £5,000 grant. Over in Newport, Market Gardens SMA will be using its grant of £4,064 to provide “composting toilet facilities” at its allotment. And the diversity continues, with other groups using their grants to promote health, fitness and crime prevention as well as providing days out for people really need one, to name just a few of the plans being made.
Each of the grants that has been awarded is worth at least £500, with the maximum grant being £5,000. Those sums might not sound like much when compared with the multi-million pound jackpots that lottery winners can enjoy, but the difference that even a few thousand pounds can make to community groups is substantial and shouldn’t be underestimated.
“Awards for All is having a positive impact throughout Wales,” said Gareth Williams, who manages the Awards for All programme for the Big Lottery Fund in Wales. “Money is helping to establish groups, societies and clubs, promoting learning, increasing volunteering opportunities and helping to build stronger communities.”
We congratulate every one of the 82 community groups that have recently been given an Awards for All grant and we wish any genuine group that applies for a lottery grant in the future the very best of luck in getting one. And good luck to the lottery players who raise the money for such Good Causes in the first place – buy lottery tickets online today and your ‘good deed’ just might result in a jackpot win!Tuesday 20th July 2010
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