Derek Thomas MP raises awareness of new funding pot for local charities

Derek Thomas MP says 2017 could be the year for local charities to help get a special project off the ground by applying for a share of a £6 million funding pot, raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The funding will be allocated through three Trusts, which support different categories of projects. There will be two opportunities for groups to apply in 2017 (January and August) and £3 million will be available for each funding round.

The application process is simple. The first round – which opens from 23 January until 10 February 2017 – starts with organisations being encouraged to submit an ‘expression of interest’ form. Charities will then be shortlisted to complete a full application for funding.

In August, interested groups and organisations can apply or re-apply when a second pot of £3million will become available. The maximum a project can receive is £20,000.

Mr Thomas urged local charities to tap into this exciting funding stream:

Derek said:

“2017 could be the year to get a special project off the ground to benefit the local community. This funding will be allocated to lots of different types of initiatives and it’s such a fantastic opportunity for charities in West Cornwall to get additional support. To avoid missing out, apply now.”

People’s Postcode Trust seeks applications for projects that focus on the prevention of poverty, promotion of human rights, equal rights and conflict resolution for some of society’s most vulnerable groups. Postcode Local Trust supports wildlife, sustainability and volunteering initiatives. Postcode Community Trust focuses on grass-roots sports, arts, recreation and healthy living programmes.

Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised more than £168.4 million to date for over 2,800 good causes across Great Britain and internationally.

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For more information on how to apply for funding, please visit the Trusts’ websites:www.postcodetrust.org.uk www.postcodelocaltrust.org.ukwww.postcodecommunitytrust.org.uk