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Young people set to be the big winners in latest round of National Lottery funding

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Release date:
11 9 2017
  • £40 million raised by National Lottery players to be distributed today - almost 1,400 community projects across England set to benefit
  • Programmes supporting young people are at the heart of the latest round of funding.

Over £40 million raised by National Lottery players is going to good causes today, with young people set to be the big winners.

The Big Lottery Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players back into communities, is giving almost 1,400 local and grassroots projects across England, including many supporting young people, a total of £40 million of funding.

Projects announced today include Zac’s Youth Bar, which has received a grant of £418,000 for a programme supporting disadvantaged young people aged 11–18 in Bolton through a activities designed to improve their mental health and employment prospects.

One young person who has already benefited from the programme, Andrea aged 17, said: “Zac’s has helped me with my confidence, I’ve stopped self-harming and I eat properly. Zac’s are really good at spotting problems even when you hide them, then they help you through them – by taking part in the programme I’ve learnt to never give up and to believe in myself!”

Matt Moreton, CEO of Zac’s Youth Bar, said: “We could not continue to reach out to the young people of Bolton without the support of National Lottery funding. This grant will help us to change the lives of even more young people and give them the support they need at a time when support is needed most.”

James Harcourt, England Director at the Big Lottery Fund, said: “Young people are the future of our communities, and it is important that we invest in them and the specialist guidance they receive from these projects. When you hear about projects like these you realise the incredible impact the money generated by National Lottery players has had on communities across England. It really is life changing.”

Other projects sharing today’s funding include:

Gallery Youth in the North East which has received £288,476 for its 'Meeting the Need' project. The funding will be used to support young people in rural areas, who can often feel vulnerable due to their isolation. Focusing on the 13 to 24 age group, projects will include advice and information, development, focused group work, drop in sessions and outreach work.

Ark – T Centre in Oxford which has received £4,750 for ROAR, a disability youth arts festival. ROAR celebrates the creativity and artistic expression of young people with disabilities and includes a range of visual arts, drama, and music and dance workshops.

Bardsley Youth Project in Coventry which has received £4,587 for a project that will support young people who are not in education, training or employment to restore an old Mini, which has been donated by Coventry Transport Museum. This will help to develop their confidence and skills, improving their chances of being employed in the future.

The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Last year it awarded more than £700 million and supported more than 13,000 projects.

See a full list of projects

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 £8.5 billion to projects that improve the lives of millions of people.