National Lottery’s £100m Festive Boost for UK Grassroots Projects

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Over £100 million of National Lottery funding has been handed out to charities and community groups in England over the last three months, providing a huge boost to local grassroots projects as they continue to offer valuable support this winter to those in their communities.

Distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, the investments have been awarded to nearly 2,500 community groups and projects across the country, enabling them to bring people together and provide the tools and support they need to better prosper and thrive.

Grants awarded range from £350 up to £500,000 and have been made in direct response to community needs, including for mental health support, improving employability skills, tackling issues of social isolation and loneliness, and offering vital support and advocacy for those at risk of experiencing homelessness through the cold winter months.

Emma Corrigan, England Director at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “Almost 2,500 charities and community groups will benefit from vital National Lottery funding this winter in England, and that’s all thanks to National Lottery players.

We’re delighted to be able to distribute over £100 million to groups responding to their communities’ challenges and supporting them to prosper and thrive.”

Projects funded since October of this year include Futureworks NY CIC in Scarborough, which is using a grant of £285,000 to develop a workshop dedicated to upcycling donated furniture. The project is designed to build confidence in disadvantaged young people and will see those involved use restoring old furniture as a tool to build skills and confidence to help them towards meaningful employment.

Another community group to benefit from a £157,000 grant is Spoons in Greater Manchester, who help to support mothers and families to recover from traumatic birthing experiences.

The investment will help to increase the provision for extra Family Support Coordinators, and these roles will help families better transition from hospital to home, supporting vulnerable parents to attend local groups and sessions, and making referrals to other services that may be able to help them give their babies the best start in life.

Kirsten Mitchell, Operations Director at Spoons commented: “The effects of neonatal care can have a real and long-lasting impact. This wonderful grant will help us to support families through traumatic times and look to the future.

As we face more economic uncertainty ahead, our families are relying on us more than ever. On behalf of parents of neonatal babies in Greater Manchester, a huge thank you to The National Lottery Community Fund and National Lottery Players.”

National Lottery players raise over £30 million each week across the UK for good causes.

The National Lottery Community Fund as a distributor ensures a share of this funding goes straight to communities, helping them to tackle important issues such as supporting young people with employment, mental health, and climate action.