The Big Lottery Fund has handed out almost £19m in 588 new awards, under its Awards for All and Reaching Communities programmes.
Awards for All provides grants of between £300 and £10,000 to voluntary and community organisations, and Reaching Communities awards larger grants of £10,000 and above for longer term projects that help people and communities most in need.
Among the charities to receive funding are single parent charity Gingerbread, which has been awarded £496,553 to continue and expand its helpline and information service, and Sporting Memories Network, which tackles dementia, depression and loneliness in older people, and which will use its award of £483,373 to establish more groups to engage older people.
Lyn Cole, Big Lottery Fund, England grant making director, said:
“With more people living well into their eighties, it’s more important than ever that projects such as Sporting Memories can unlock precious memories to help promote healthy ageing. This is an excellent example of the kind of projects we fund – people working together, often as volunteers, to help others in their community gain the skills they need to get the most out of their lives.”
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