Big Lottery Fund
£15 million Lottery support for vital carers projects across England
Recognising the enormous contribution carers make to their families and communities the Big Lottery Fund is celebrating National Carers Week (8-14 June) awarding over £15 million to 321 projects today putting people in the lead to make great things happen within their communities.
Highlighting the invaluable work of parents and carers, today’s awards include two crucial projects supporting people caring for disabled children. Contact A Family receives £408,559for its Keeping Families Informed project to provide parents/carers of a disabled child aged 0-25 with key information and advice on a wide range of issues such as benefits, Special Education Needs (SEN), sleep, behaviour and managing stress.
In the South West, Allsorts Gloucestershire are awarded £302,453 for a project to support 180 families, as well as two special schools, a mainstream primary, Stroud District Children’s Centres, a parent/carer support group, and a women and children’s refuge. The scheme will support and empower children and young people with disabilities and their families to improve their health, wellbeing and quality of life.
The project will include social and sporting activities for 18 - 24 year-olds, and work experience placements for disabled young people through a social enterprise scheme to offer training and employment opportunities.
Other carers projects funded today include Anfield Family Carers Matter for The Life Story Network CIC project in Liverpool with an award of £9,448 to support families and carers of people living with dementia. The scheme will work with organisations and partners within the community to provide a programme of support and resources such as training and guidance on practical techniques and tools for carers to maintain relationships and communication.
In Bolton, Friends of Horwich Memory Cafe receives £10,000 to provide additional social and recreational activities for people with dementia, as well as providing support, respite and additional social and recreational activities for their carers, improving general health and well being, relationships and coping strategies.
Hampshire Neurological Alliance - HNA Knowledge Network is awarded £10,000 to set up awareness training and sessions across Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight for people with long term neurological conditions and their carers and will also provide person centred training for clinicians and health care professionals. The project aims to improve the services of the organisation and enable them to provide networking and links with local voluntary and statutory organisations to help meet the need of their beneficiaries.
Lyn Cole, Deputy Director of England at the Big Lottery Fund, said: “These projects are excellent examples of how National Lottery funding supports and empowers carers in the community, putting people in the lead to provide those most in need with the independence and stability to realise their potential and enjoy taking an active part in the community.”
Today’s awards have been made through the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All and Reaching Communities programmes awarding National Lottery funding to communities and people most in need in England. Awards for All provides grants between £300 and £10,000 to voluntary and community organisations and Reaching Communities awards larger grants of £10,000 and above.
For funding and general enquiries call:
BIG Advice Line: 0345 4 10 20 30
For press enquiries call:
Press Office: 020 7211 1888
Out of hours media contact: 07867 500572
Notes to editors
- The Big Lottery Fund supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities across the UK. We are responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery for good causes and invest over £650 million a year in projects big and small in health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
- Since June 2004 we have awarded over £8 billion to projects that make a difference to people and communities in need, from early years intervention to commemorative travel funding for World War Two veterans.
- Since the National Lottery began in 1994, £33 billion has been raised and more than 450,000 grants awarded.
- Awards for All small grants programme makes lottery awards between £300 and £10,000 for a wide range of community projects aimed at developing skills, improving health, revitalizing the local environment and enabling people to become more active citizens.
- Reaching Communities large grants programme makes lottery awards between 10,000 and £500,000
- to support people and communities most in need to give people better life chances, develop stronger communities, improve rural and urban environments and promote healthier more active people and communities.
Latest News from
Big Lottery Fund
Community projects awarded over half a million, as National Lottery funding continues25/03/2020 09:43:00
The National Lottery Community Fund has today announced funding of £594,379 to 71 community projects from across Northern Ireland.
£1.5m National Lottery boost for Scottish groups19/03/2020 16:20:00
Over 220 arts, sports and community groups across Scotland, are sharing in a National Lottery cash boost of £1,570,035 announced today (THURSDAY 19 MARCH).
Coastal Town Centres and Communities given a boost by Welsh Government and the National Lottery Community Fund18/03/2020 17:11:00
The National Lottery Community Fund has announced the opening of Round Six of The Welsh Government’s Coastal Communities Fund. The £3.7 million programme opens on 1 April 2020 and aims to support the economic development of coastal areas by promoting the growth and sustainability of jobs and towns.
Updated statement from Dawn Austwick, CEO, The National Lottery Community Fund: COVID-1918/03/2020 11:33:00
The Big Lottery Fund know that many charities and community organisations across the UK are facing increasing challenges as a result of COVID-19 and we want to support those we fund as far as is possible at this difficult time.
Community Action Response launched in the face of the emerging Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis13/03/2020 15:10:00
In the wake of the £30 billion emergency fund announced in the Budget yesterday and anticipated switch to the delay phase of the Government four-part plan, leaders from different sectors have today joined forces to launch the Community Action Response to encourage everyone to do what they can to support their communities and particularly vulnerable and isolated people during Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Message from Dawn Austwick, CEO, The National Lottery Community Fund: COVID-1911/03/2020 16:10:00
BLF recognise that many charities and community organisations across the UK will face increased challenges as a result of COVID-19.
Children with Visual Impairments from across Wales to benefit from National Lottery Grant06/03/2020 11:33:00
74 Organisations celebrate a share of nearly a million pounds in grants from The National Lottery Community Fund this month.
Older people joining the ‘circus’ thanks to National Lottery funding02/03/2020 11:05:00
Older people across Northern Ireland are getting the chance to learn circus skills like juggling and plate spinning, all while making new friends, keeping active, gaining new skills and having fun, thanks to funding raised by National Lottery players.
Peas Please sets out to veg-ducate the UK, thanks to £1.6 million funding from The National Lottery Community Fund28/02/2020 14:43:00
Peas Please, a nationwide initiative, has received £1.6 million of National Lottery funding, to encourage communities across the UK to consume more than a billion additional portions of vegetables by 2023.