Lottery funding boost for Oldham community organisations

Date published: 04 December 2018

Community groups in Oldham are celebrating today after being among North West organisations awarded more than £3.5 million in National Lottery funding.

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.

In total, 139 community projects across the region are receiving a share.

These range from a theatre group led by and for people with learning disabilities to a community parenting programme and a programme to prevent children from engaging in criminal behaviour.

Key towns and cities including Oldham, Bolton, Salford, Wigan and Manchester, will benefit from the funding.   

Seven local organisations will benefit to the tune of almost £70,000 between them.

They are:

Vision (young people's centre, £10,000)

Heyside Pre-School (£10,000)

OBA Millennium Cultural Centre (£10,000)

Dobcross Band and Social Club (£10,000)

Mather Street Primary School (£9,805)

Burnley Brow Community School (£9,800)

IntraQuest Community CIC (post natal centre, £9,610)

Jenny Rouse, Head of Regional Funding at the Big Lottery Fund, said: “All over the country, National Lottery money is being used by people who are taking the lead in developing great ideas to help their communities thrive.

"They know and understand the needs of their area better than anyone else and are best-placed to develop projects to tackle them.

"These projects in Greater Manchester are brilliant examples of this and, thanks to National Lottery players, we are proud to be able to support them to change lives for the better.”

The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for giving out money raised by National Lottery players for good causes.

As part of today’s announcement, it has revealed that it is making grants totalling almost £80 million going to more than 2,200 community organisations across England.

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