Big Lottery Fund event a ‘resounding success’

Community groups get advice on funding for future projects

More than 50 people representing over twenty charities and community groups got advice from the Big Lottery Fund last weekend in an event hosted by local politicians Jonathan Edwards MP and Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM.

The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) is responsible for delivering around half of all funds raised for Good Causes by the National Lottery. BIG has given over £600 million to good causes across Wales since its inception.

The information event, organised by the Plaid Cymru MP and AM and held in the National Botanic Gardens, set out to provide community groups with top tips on what the Big Lottery looks for in applications for funding. Local groups were also able to take advantage of the one-to-one meetings that were available with the Big Lottery Fund representatives to discuss their local projects in
greater detail.

Member of Parliament Jonathan Edwards branded the event a ‘resounding success’ as so many volunteers were able to seek valuable advice for their community projects.

Assembly Member Rhodri Glyn Thomas said he and Jonathan would certainly be looking to host an event again in the near future for even more community groups to benefit.

Jonathan Edwards MP said:

“Charities and voluntary groups are the backbone of local communities. Their tireless efforts help make our communities a better place to live.

“The funding event was a resounding success as it gave so many volunteers an excellent opportunity to gain a valuable insight into how they can increase their chances of gaining lottery funding.”
Assembly Member Rhodri Glyn Thomas added:

“The event was the first of its kind in this constituency and we’re very pleased we were able to provide this opportunity to local community groups.

“All of the one-to-one appointments were fully booked and we even had a waiting list in case of cancellations. This is certainly an event we’ll look to host again in the near future for even more community groups to benefit”.


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