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Communities celebrate decade of Lottery cash project
5:39pm Tuesday 6th August 2013 in News
SEVERAL North-East communities have joined together to create a film celebrating a decade of improvements thanks to Lottery grants.
They include Stockton and Darlington, which were chosen for funding as parts of the country which, in the past, lacked the resources or experience to put together successful funding applications.
The National Lottery’s Fair Share scheme was set up in 2003 and aimed to give 80 communities across the UK a share of £50m. Panels of residents were set up in the communities to decide how and where to spend the money.
In Darlington the funding has benefited 25 local charities and community groups including the Northgate Community Partnership.
As a result of the support, groups have been able to attract further funding of over £277,000, overall benefitting 4,000 residents.
Stockton took a different approach with their share of the cash, pumping it into services for young people. Stockton has seen their vision for the future of young people come to life by setting up homework, cooking and football clubs and improving the wellbeing of 2,000 young people.
Other communities in the region to receive funding were Wansbeck and Blyth Valley.
Mark McGann, Big Lottery Fund’s deputy director for policy and learning, said: “Through the Fair Share Trust, we were able to ensure Lottery funding empowered communities to take ownership and drive positive change in their own neighborhoods.”
To see films made by any of the communities visit fstimpact.org.uk/gallery
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