Big Lottery Fund backs our groups

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Thousands of pounds of grants have been awarded to good causes in our county by the Big Lottery Fund.

Groups which have benefitted in Northamptonshire include sports organisations, community associations, schools and playing field associations.

Altogether the Big Lottery Fund has awarded 83 grants totalling more than £638,000 to groups in the East Midlands this month.

Big Lottery Fund’s head of the East Midlands region Mick McGrath said: “This funding is fantastic news for community groups in the East Midlands today with such a broad range of projects sharing in over £630,000 worth of grants.

“These projects will reach many people in all corners of the region, such as unemployed young people, those with special needs, and others living in isolated communities, proving that even the smallest amount of money can make a big difference.”

Corby Sports Forum has been awarded £7,276 to deliver workshops in arts and crafts.

Oakley Vale Community Association has been awarded £9,647 for a project to engage schools and the community in a musical performance.

Oundle Transition Town Group received £6,300 to provide a series of bike lessons and training sessions, including cycling proficiency, a promotional have a go day and bike fix workshops for young people and adults.

The Friends of Polebrook School received £9,750 for a series of Olympic-themed events and competitions for young people. Collyweston Playing Field Association received £7,912 to create a website and purchase computer equipment, tables and chairs to help extend its work for the community.

Islip Village Hall Management Committee was awarded £10,000 to replace the toilet facilities and flooring at the village hall.

Wilbarston Primary School has received £8,990 to run a community school holiday fitness scheme, pupil’s fitness club before school and adult fitness class for parents, teachers and villagers.

FAN in Northampton has also been awarded £10,000 to form a community hub and run recreational events across rural areas for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.