Wolverhampton North East MP Jane Stevenson has thanked National Lottery players for their role in raising much-needed funding for local charities and community groups in the city.
The National Lottery has announced that since January, local groups in Wolverhampton North East have received nearly £84,000 from their Community Fund, supporting those groups as they seek to overcome social and economic challenges caused by the pandemic.
Jane said she is delighted with the grants and wants more local good causes to apply for National Lottery funding. Groups in her constituency who have benefitted so far include 4Ortress-4-women, a local group which promotes social inclusion among African BME women living in Wolverhampton. They received £9,990 in National Lottery funding to support their work.
The funding is being distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players. National Lottery players raise £36 million each week for good causes throughout the UK.
Jane said: “It’s amazing to see how many community groups in Wolverhampton North East have benefitted from almost £84,000 of National Lottery funding since January alone. These groups are inspirational in the vital work and support they provide to people in Wolverhampton and beyond.
“The pandemic has had a significant impact on local charities and voluntary groups, so I know this funding from the National Lottery will be a lifeline for many of them and will allow them to continue to offer important services and support. I want to thank the National Lottery and everyone who plays it for raising this much-needed funding.”
Elly De Decker, England Director at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “I am incredibly proud that we have awarded almost £200 million across England so far this year, responding to needs and changes in our communities brought on by the pandemic. We know that people care about issues including employment and employability, supporting young people, supporting the vulnerable and creating better connections within communities to tackle loneliness. It’s fantastic to see that this funding, raised by National Lottery players, is having a significant impact on people’s lives across the country, helping to build back stronger communities.”
Last year, The National Lottery Community Fund awarded over half a billion pounds (£588.2 million) of life-changing funding to communities across the UK. Over eight in ten (83%) of its grants are for under £10,000 – going to grassroots groups and charities across the UK that are bringing to life amazing ideas that matter to their communities.