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May’s Big Lottery Fund awards to benefit 994 projects

May’s Big Lottery Fund awards to benefit 994 projects

Almost £49 million from the Big Lottery Fund is to be shared amongst 994 organisations across England including projects in Leeds, London, Sheffield, Oxford and the Midlands.

The latest round of awards have been made through the ’s Awards for All and Reaching Communities programmes. 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.

Among the awards recipients are Debate Mate, Faith Matters, and HENRY.

Debate Mate in London has received £353,560 for a project to enable disadvantaged young people to develop vital communications skills to improve their chances in education, training or employment. The project will run debating clubs in 80 schools with students from top universities, such as Oxford and Manchester, to provide young people with peer mentoring, engagement and inspiration to build confidence, self-control, leadership and resilience.

Faith Matters in London has received £383,278 for a project supporting victims of anti-Muslim hate crime in London, Manchester and Birmingham, with new services in Sheffield and Rotherham, Dudley, Batley, Leeds, Wakefield and Oxford.

HENRY (Health Exercise Nutrition for the Really Young) in Leeds has received £455,065 to work with parents of children aged up to five to prevent childhood obesity. It will be delivered in partnership with local authorities in Telford and Leeds, with expansion into Sheffield.

Lyn Cole, Big Lottery Fund England grant making director said:

“So many local community organisations across the country are enabling people and communities to grow together bringing positive changes to their lives and futures. It’s wonderful to hear the stories of how through these great projects people have overcome barriers, learned new skills and improved their lives.”

More information on funding opportunities is available at

Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via

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