West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is encouraging local charities and community groups to apply for funding from a pot of over £3 million that has been raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Applications are open from Tuesday 21 January for two weeks until 4 February. A wide range of community organisations, from registered charities, to voluntary groups and social enterprises, are eligible to apply for grants of between £500 and £20,000.

The funding can be accessed through three different trusts and each trust supports projects focussed on different themes. Groups are encouraged to apply to the trust that best fits their proposed project:

  • People’s Postcode Trust wants applications from projects aimed at promoting human rights, combatting discrimination and poverty prevention
  • Postcode Community Trust supports initiatives working to improve the health and wellbeing of communities, including arts and physical recreation projects, as well as those with a focus on reducing isolation
  • Postcode Local Trust provides funding that’sdedicated to improving outdoor space, in addition to increasing access to it. Groups working on flood prevention measures and looking to implement renewable energy strategies are also encouraged to apply.

Ballet classes for people with Parkinson’s disease, soup kitchens and sensory gardens are just a few examples of projects which previously received funding. Local good causes are advised to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity by reading the short funding guides available and applying to the trust that best fits the aims of their project.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“There are countless organisations doing fantastic work across West Lancashire. This is the perfect opportunity for them to take advantage of the funding available and expand the reach of an existing service, get a new project off the ground, or allow it to help extend an already successful initiative. I strongly encourage as many groups as possible to apply.”

Laura Chow, head of charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, added:
“Grassroots good causes are at the heart of communities the length and breadth of Britain.

“Having seen first-hand the positive impact this funding can have, I would encourage local groups to strongly consider applying. With over £3 million in grants available, successful groups will be able to begin or continue their valuable work and reach even more people in their local area.

“The three trusts cover a large variety of projects so I’d urge groups to visit the trust websites and see where their project would best fit!”

A minimum of 32% from every People’s Postcode Lottery ticket goes directly to good causes. To date, players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised over £500 million for more than 6,500 projects across Great Britain and internationally.

For more information, to view the funding guides and to apply please visit the trusts’ websites directly:

www.postcodetrust.org.uk

www.postcodelocaltrust.org.uk 

www.postcodecommunitytrust.org.uk

MP Rosie has also signed the Parliamentary Early Day Motion 12 supporting Charities Lotteries Reform which seeks for millions of pounds more in funding to be directed to charities across the country.

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