Quick menu:

This site is showing content relating to all UK countries. Change this using the country filters below or select Ok to accept. This site uses cookies.

  • Help and support

Community groups celebrate £60 million National Lottery funding win

  • Print
Release date:
4 9 2018

National Lottery Funding will support a number of fun-filled community projects in England this summer. 508 projects will share in over £19 million to bring local people together throughout the summer holidays and beyond.

Projects tackling loneliness and isolation are among those celebrating in communities across England today as almost £60 million in National Lottery funding is awarded. The money, raised by players for good causes, is being distributed by the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK.

More than 2,250 community projects are receiving a share this quarter. These range from an intergenerational baking project addressing social isolation to a community ambassador scheme to help young people tackle gang culture. But while diverse, they share one thing in common – they all have the local community at their heart and are focused on bringing people together to improve lives and provide support.

This includes Bears Wheelchair Basketball Club, based in Stratford-upon-Avon, which has been awarded almost £9,000 to run a series of wheelchair basketball taster sessions for disabled young people. The sessions will be a chance for participants to meet other young people and enjoy a new activity. The club will also be holding a community event where they will attempt to break the world record for the longest game of wheelchair basketball, which is currently 30 hours long.

Tom Masterson, Head Coach at Bears Wheelchair Basketball Club, said: “This is very welcome news and will make a real difference to local children and young people with disabilities. Thanks to National Lottery players, we will be able to raise awareness of this fun and fantastic sport, with the aim of developing their skills, helping them to meet others and build their confidence and self-esteem. We can’t wait to show people how exciting disability sport can be.”

James Harcourt, England Grant-Making Director at the Big Lottery Fund, said: “Thanks to National Lottery players, communities large and small are able to get the funding they need to bring their great ideas to life. Every time someone buys a National Lottery ticket it raises vital funds that help make a difference to hundreds of people’s lives.

We’re delighted to be able to support projects like Bears Wheelchair Basketball Club, which is a fantastic example of people coming together to use their ambitions and aspirations to create something wonderful for their local community.”

Groups in today’s funding announcement include:

  • Beis Malka Girls School, in Hackney, which has received almost £10,000 for its Big Bake Giveaway project to deliver an intergenerational baking project that is designed to engage older people who live in sheltered accommodation. The project aims to address issues surrounding social isolation.
  • Wigan Warriors Community Foundation in Wigan, which has received £7,500 for its Rugby Memories project. The funding will be used to run group-based reminiscence activities for people living with dementia, focused on the history and heritage of a local rugby league club. The project aims prevent isolation, loneliness and depression among people with dementia.
  • Eastern Arts in Bradford, which has received £10,000 for its I.C.U.2 project. They will use the funding to train young people from diverse backgrounds to become community ambassadors, with the aim of encouraging other young people to think about what makes a good citizen and reducing the issues of gang culture, crime and antisocial behaviour in the area.
  • Wingate Community Nursery School in County Durham, which has received over £9,000 for its Young at Heart project. They will use the funding to bring together children from the nursery and older people from a local care home. Activities such as crafts, games, dressing up, music and dancing will be organised, with a final event to include people’s families.
  • The Rubbish Art project in Mendip, which has received £10,000 to run a community event focusing on recycling landfill waste and turning it into art. The project aims to enrich the local community, encourage creativity, and bring people together.
  • Friends and Places Together in Southend-on-Sea, which has received over £100,000 to deliver activities to address social isolation among young disabled people and their families, including those who may have learning difficulties, autism or experience mental health issues.

See the full list of projects receiving funding today


Claire Fudge: claire.fudge@biglotteryfund.org.uk or 0121 345 8856
Press Office: 020 7211 1888
Out of hours media contact: 07867 500572

Notes to Editors:

  • The Big Lottery Fund uses money raised by National Lottery players to help communities achieve their ambitions. From small, local projects to UK-wide initiatives, our funding brings people together to make a difference to their health, wellbeing and environment. Since June 2004 we have awarded £9 billion to projects that improve the lives of millions of people.