Good causes across Kirklees have been given a big boost by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.
Organisations in the district have received a total of more than £58,000 in grants this year from the lottery’s small grants fund, which invites charities and community groups to apply for sums of up to £20,000 for specific projects.
Nationally, the lottery handed out more than £6.8m this year under its small grants fund.
Recipients included Fusion Housing Kirklees, which received £18,000 for a project to house homeless people aged under 35; The Friends of Oakwell Hall and Country Park, who were given £2,000 towards the cost of landscaping work; Hollybank Trust at Mirfield, which was awarded £18,475 to buy adapted sports equipment and pay towards the salary of a sports co-ordinator; and the Calder and Colne River Trust, which received £20,000 towards flood management and drainage work.
People who sign up for the People’s Postcode Lottery play with their postcode – with 31% of all ticket sales going directly to charity.
In 2018, local groups will be able to apply for grants of up to £20,000 from one of three trusts – People’s Postcode Trust, Postcode Local Trust and Postcode Community Trust. There will be two funding rounds in 2018, which are expected to open in February and August.