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7 Jun 2012 12:53 PM
An allotment club has received £8,785 from the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) to install a rainwater harvesting system to provide a sustainable water supply for allotments and community gardens.
The club is just one of 40 projects across the North East receiving a total of £316,261 in funding yesterday from BIG’s small grants Awards For All programme. Belmont Allotments Club in Durham will use its funding to buy underground water tanks, piping, pump stand, stonework and fencing.
In Newcastle a project is receiving £6,065 to deliver a befriending service by training new volunteers who will then visit older people in the area. Action Foundation will help reduce loneliness, isolation and social exclusion across Tyneside.
A Stockton project is receiving £8,204 to establish a mentoring and coaching programme for young men at risk of engaging in and with a history of antisocial behaviour. Team Redemption UK Ltd will train them in how to avoid anger management, how to avoid confrontations, to improve opportunities.
Another project helping young people is the Youth Almighty Project in Sunderland which will deliver activities to younger children aged between eight and 12 who may be deterred from accessing the youth centre. The £7,689 grant will go towards table football, air hockey table, trips to Adventure Valley and Sunderland Wall Climbing Centre.
Lumley Infant and Nursery School in Chester-le-Street is receiving £10,000 to buy laptops which will be borrowed by children at the school and their families to increase the ICT, numeracy and literacy skills within the community.
A grant of £10,000 has also been awarded to Bede’s World in South Tyneside to buy family learning backpacks including costumes and magnifying glasses to use when people visit the museum. This will encourage people to investigate and learn about the exhibits and farm area, enabling them to get more out of the visit.
In Newcastle, the People Inspiring People Community Interest Company, will use £9,460 to deliver support and training to small community groups and individuals interested in establishing social enterprises.
James Turner, Big Lottery Fund North East Head of Region, said: “These small grants make such a big difference. Whether it is reducing the social isolation of older people, providing positive activities for children, or helping people save water to grow vegetables on allotments, all these projects will make a difference to local communities.”
BIG’s Awards for All programme offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 to social and environmental projects that will benefit local communities and make a difference to the lives of those most in need. Voluntary and community groups, schools, health organisations and parish and town councils can all apply.
A full list of yesterday’s grants
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Notes to Editors
- The Big Lottery Fund (BIG), the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding, is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery.
- BIG is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK. Since June 2004 BIG has awarded over £4.4bn.
- The Fund was formally established by Parliament on 1 December 2006.
- Since the National Lottery began in 1994, 28p from every pound spent by the public has gone to good causes. As a result, over £28 billion has now been raised and more than 383,000 grants awarded across arts, sport, heritage, charities, health, education and the environment.