MP urges groups to ap­ply for lotto cash

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ROSIE COOPER MP has urged lo­cal char­i­ties and good causes to ap­ply for fund­ing from one of four trusts funded by play­ers of Peo­ple’s Post­code Lottery.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are open un­til Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 19.

Or­gan­i­sa­tions can ap­ply for grants be­tween £500 and £20,000 from one of four trusts, which each sup­port projects fo­cused on dif­fer­ent themes:

Post­code Neigh­bour­hood Trust will help good causes af­fected by Covid19. Groups look­ing to adapt or ex­pand ser­vices, or to in­crease their re­silience should ap­ply.

Peo­ple’s Post­code Trust funds projects aimed at pro­mot­ing hu­man rights, com­bat­ting dis­crim­i­na­tion and help­ing to pre­vent poverty.

Post­code Com­mu­nity Trust sup­ports ini­tia­tives work­ing to im­prove health and well­be­ing in com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing those that look to re­duce iso­la­tion. It also sup­ports projects that in­crease par­tic­i­pa­tion in arts and phys­i­cal re­cre­ation.

Post­code Lo­cal Trust is for groups look­ing to in­crease com­mu­nity ac­cess to out­door space and im­prove bio­di­ver­sity. Groups look­ing to im­prove sus­tain­abil­ity or com­bat cli­mate change are also en­cour­aged to ap­ply.

Groups should ap­ply to the trust that best sup­ports the aims of their project.

Short fund­ing guides and an el­i­gi­bil­ity quiz can be found on each trust web­site to help ap­pli­cants.

West Lan­cashire MP Ms Cooper said: “The work of good causes here in West Lan­cashire dur­ing these dif­fi­cult times has been noth­ing short of in­spi­ra­tional – the amount of good they do for the most vul­ner­a­ble in our com­mu­nity can­not be over­stated.

“I en­cour­age any in­ter­ested or­gan­i­sa­tions to take the el­i­gi­bil­ity quiz then ap­ply for the trust that best fits their needs. Play­ers of Peo­ple’s Post­code Lottery have al­ready raised over £500m for good causes and I would love to see some more suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants from West Lan­cashire.”

Laura Chow, head of char­i­ties at Peo­ple’s Post­code Lottery, said: “Over the past few months we’ve seen the im­por­tant role that grass­roots good causes play in com­mu­ni­ties through­out Bri­tain.

“I’m de­lighted that play­ers of Peo­ple’s Post­code Lottery are able to sup­port these or­gan­i­sa­tions with this fund­ing op­por­tu­nity. Nearly £7m will be awarded in grants, so I urge smaller, lo­cal good causes and groups to visit the trust web­sites, see where their project would best fit and get ap­ply­ing.”

A min­i­mum of 32% of each ticket goes di­rectly to char­i­ties. Play­ers of Peo­ple’s Post­code Lottery have raised more than £500m for 7,500 good causes across Bri­tain and in­ter­na­tion­ally since 2005.

For more in­for­ma­tion, to view the fund­ing guides and ap­ply visit the trusts’ web­sites:­co­deneigh­bour­­code­trust.­code­lo­cal­­code­com­mu­ni­

Rosie Cooper MP

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