Funding news

50 new areas given £1 million lottery money to spend - 29 February 2012

The funding is part of a £200 million Big Lottery Fund initiative, called Big Local, which will give local people a key role in deciding how to improve their areas and tackle local problems.

50 new areas are being allocated the £1m funding today, bringing the number of communities who are so far benefiting from the scheme to 100. A further 50 communities will be awarded funding through the scheme by the end of 2012. Each of these areas will receive at least £1m to spend over 10 years – along with support, training, and networking opportunities – to make their areas better places to live.

The communities selected to receive the £1m Lottery funding through Big Local have a history of difficulty in getting support and funding - from the Lottery and elsewhere - and may face a range of issues, for example, the decline of local industry, high unemployment or low average wages, or a pressing need for new support services or activities.

The funding can be used for anything that people feel would improve their area, from training and employment schemes, to tackling anti-social behaviour, creating new community facilities or providing more activities for young people.

For more information and for the full press release click here.