Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Big Lottery Funds Put to Use in Bradford

Eight community projects in Bradford (UK) will benefit from a cash injection from the Big Lottery Fund's Awards for All program.

Each year the Big Lottery Fund distributes 40% of all the money raised for good causes by the UK National Lottery. Their Awards for All program funnels some of the funds into projects that benefit local communities.

Haworth Riding for the Disabled is one of the eight projects selected for assistance and will receive £9,643. Project founder, Jackie Butterfield, was overjoyed when she heard the news, "This is brilliant, absolutely brilliant," she said. "It means we can expand even more." Among other things, the charity runs an after-school club for children with disabilities, and project fundraiser, Jane Lawrence, pointed out the award would be sufficient to fund two additional nights each week.

Otley Road and Barkerend Environment Project has also been chosen for lottery funding. The project has been awarded £10,000 and will use the money to minimize environmental deprivation by implementing educational sessions, tub-planting workshops, and gardening competitions.

The voluntary group, Eccleshill Walkers, will get £9,830 to help them to improve the lives of isolated people, and the Ilkley Film Festival has been awarded £8,000.

The other four projects chosen for funding are Albion Sports Juniors AFC (£9,100), Action for Community (£8,574), Bradford Family Support Network (£7,700), and the Phoenix Art Club ($5,000).

Big Lottery Fund representative, Alison Rowe, said, "It’s great to see the variety of innovative ways projects plan to use their Awards for All grants this month."