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PUBLISHED: 10:12 17 June 2013 | UPDATED: 10:14 17 June 2013

Big EDP Lottery Fund

Big EDP Lottery Fund

Submitted - June 2013

Community projects are today being offered a dream ticket to a major funding boost, thanks to a new Eastern Daily Press campaign.

How does the £250,000 campaign work?

The Big EDP Lottery Fund will be rolled out over the next few weeks.

Aim is to encourage communities to think about how funding could benefit their area.

If your community has a great idea for how to spend a Lottery grant of between £10,000 and £30,000 Big Lottery Fund could be for you.

Whether you are looking to run classes to get people more physically active, turn a derelict site into a community garden, set up after-school cooking clubs, organise tea dances for isolated older people, train young people to become more employable or help your community get online, this funding can be the difference.

To apply for a grant you will need to be a community group, not for profit group, parish or town council, health body or school. You do not have to be a registered charity to apply.

Groups must have a bank account that requires at least two people to sign each cheque or withdrawal and you must be in a position to use the grant within a year.

Your project needs to be working within the readership area of the EDP: Norfolk. North Suffolk, North East Cambridgeshire.

The application form is straightforward and needs to be submitted by July 14, 2013.

Applications forms are available from Norfolk Community Foundation at www.norfolkfoundation.com/Big-EDP-Lottery-Fund.htm

Alternatively the Norfolk Community Foundation grants team can be contacted on 01603 623958 or grants@norfolkfoundation.com

All application should be sent to Norfolk Community Foundation, St James Mill, Whitefriars, Norwich NR3 1TN.

Community projects are today being offered a dream ticket to a major funding boost, thanks to a new Eastern Daily Press campaign.

The EDP is joining forces with the Big Lottery Fund to award £250,000 of Lottery good-cause cash to community projects in the EDP’s circulation area of Norfolk, north Suffolk and east Cambridgeshire.

The Big EDP Lottery Fund launches today and is inviting community groups to bid for grants of between £10,000 and £30,000.

The campaign is aimed at encouraging communities to think about how funding could benefit their area and bring improvements to the lives of local people.

So if your community has a great idea for how to spend a Lottery grant of between £10,000 and £30,000, the Big EDP Lottery Fund could be for you.

EDP editor, Nigel Pickover, said: “I’m really excited about this campaign. To have the opportunity to help distribute £250,000 to community projects in our area is an amazing opportunity.

“At the EDP we pride ourselves in being at the heart of our communities and we read about the great work of various projects on the pages of our newspaper and website every day.

“The chance to work with the Big Lottery Fund on this campaign allows us to offer projects a very significant amount of funding.

“I hope many projects apply for their chance to get some of the cash being made available.”

Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey, said: “I welcome this huge opportunity for groups to access funds thanks to the Big Lottery and our great local newspaper the EDP, always working hard for its readers.”

Since the National Lottery began in 1994, 28p from every pound spent by the public has been spent on good causes.

As a result, over £30bn has been raised and more than 400,000 grants have been awarded across the UK.

The money is distributed by independent bodies which have to follow government guidelines on distributing Lottery cash, such as Arts Council England, Sport England and the Big Lottery Fund.

The EDP has teamed up with the Big Lottery Fund for the new campaign and applications for the £250,000 on offer are being accepted from today.

So whether you are looking to run classes to get people more physically active, turn a derelict site into a community garden, set up after-school cooking clubs, organise tea dances for isolated older people or train young people to become more employable, this funding can make the difference.

The applications need to be submitted by Sunday, July 14 ahead of a shortlist being announced on Monday, September 2. The readers of the EDP will then have the chance to vote for which projects they would like to receive the funding.

Every day for two weeks readers will have the chance to vote for the projects they would like to see get the cash and the projects with the highest votes will be awarded the funding until all £250,000 of the Big EDP Lottery Fund money has been spent.

The winners will then be announced on Monday, September 23. Dharmendra Kanani, Big Lottery Fund’s England director, said: “£250,000 is a lot of money and can make a huge difference in Norfolk. We are looking for community groups to put their heads together to come up with the best ideas that will not only involve and benefit the community but also capture the imaginations of readers to inspire them to vote.

“The power of community can have such a big impact in a local area, add some money to the equation and the opportunities are remarkable.

“You have until Sunday, July 14 to get your applications in, do not wait until the last minute, start planning your projects today and get ready to make a difference.”

To apply for a grant you will need to be a community group, not-for-profit group, parish or town council, health body or school. You do not have to be a registered charity to apply. Groups must have a bank account that requires at least two people to sign each cheque or withdrawal and must be in a position to use the grant within one year.

Applications forms are available from Norfolk Community Foundation at www.norfolkfoundation.com/Big-EDP-Lottery-Fund.htm or the grants team can be contacted on 01603 623958 or grants@norfolkfoundation.com

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