Big Lottery Funding announces £50m in grants in Carers Week

Written by Matt Ritchie

More than 1,900 projects are to share in more than £50m of National Lottery funding across England, Big Lottery Fund has announced.

The announcement coincides with Carers Week, an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlighting the challenges carers face and recognising the contribution they make to families and communities up and down the country.

Projects to receive funding include Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre, which will use £478,843 to develop a new community hub to support carers in the local area.

Camberley Alzheimer’s Café in Surrey has received £10,000 to fund a programme of cookery courses for single, older men or men who are carers for their partners.

Young Carers Development Trust in Bath has received £8,302 to hold workshops for young carers in the area, and Creativity for Change in Kirklees has received £9,572 to work with young carers to create a film that will highlight the issues that young carers face on a day-to-day basis.

The funding is being awarded by the Big Lottery Fund which distributes money raised by National Lottery players back into communities.

Big Lottery Fund England grant making director James Harcourt said the organisation is proud to be able to take part in Carers Week and celebrate projects that make a difference to carers and the people they support.

“It is great to think that National Lottery players have now raised £36bn for good causes and it’s when you hear about projects like these that you realise the incredible impact that funding has had on communities across England,” Harcourt said. “Whether the grant is for £500, or £500,000, our funding is used to run amazing projects led by local people. It really is life changing.”

Access a full list of projects receiving funding here (excel file)

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