MP urging good causes to apply for grant funding

MP Grahame Morris
MP Grahame Morris

AN MP is encouraging groups in East Durham to apply for a share of charity.

Easington MP Grahame Morris wants good causes to apply for a share of a funding pot worth over £3million that has been raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Awards of between £500 and £20,000 are available to both charities and community groups, with applications being open for the funding from August 1 to August 15.

This is the last chance organisations will have to apply for the funding in 2018, and so far this year over 350 projects across Great Britain have been supported.

With previously funded initiatives ranging from community choirs for carers, to sports clubs, to wildlife conservation charities, this is a fantastic opportunity for groups to access funding to make a difference in the local community.

There are three trusts that groups can apply for funding through and each one focuses on a particular theme.

Postcode Community Trust looks for applications on initiatives that will benefit communities through the delivery of grass roots health and wellbeing programmes, People’s Postcode Trust supports projects aimed at promoting human rights, employability and combating poverty and the Postcode Local Trust focuses on proposals that aim to improve biodiversity and outdoor spaces.

Mr Morris said: “There are so many brilliant community projects in East Durham that could benefit from this fantastic chance to secure funding, get an initiative off the ground or expand the reach of a service.

"Across the three trusts there is scope for such a wide variety of organisations to benefit, and I’d strongly encourage them to visit the website, find out where their project could fit and get an application in.”

A minimum of 32% from every People’s Postcode Lottery ticket goes directly to good causes. To date, players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised over £320million for more than 4,000 good causes across Great Britain and internationally.

For more information and to apply for funding visit www.postcodetrust.org.uk.