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Blackford highlights funding available for charities in Ross-shire


By Louise Glen

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Ross-shire MP Ian Blackford.
Ross-shire MP Ian Blackford.

Charities and good causes are being urged to apply for funding from the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Ross, Skye and Lochaber MP Ian Blackford has said that thanks to changes to the charity lottery limits, more than 3,500 grassroots organisations in Britain will receive a share of almost £17 million this year.

Local projects can apply for funding from the People’s Postcode Trust which is for organisations operating in Scotland.

Registered charities can apply for up to £20,000 of funding, which is available for both project-based and core costs, and applications will be accepted every month until October 2021.

Mr Blackford said: “Over the last year, many local charities have responded to the pandemic by working to support and protect our communities. Yet the last year has also been a difficult time for charity fundraising.

“The funds raised by People’s Postcode Lottery players are therefore a great chance for local organisations to secure funding. I urge all local charities and community groups to consider submitting an application.

“Players have already raised more than £700 million for good causes and I would love to see some more successful applicants from this area. As a commitment to supporting smaller good causes, applications will only be accepted from organisations with an annual income of less than £1 million and preference will be given to those with an income less than £500,000.”

People’s Postcode Lottery’s head of public affairs, Malcolm Fleming said: “People’s Postcode Lottery players are making a massive difference to charities across the country and we are delighted that this year the funding available for local charities should more than double.”

Interested organisations can find out more by visiting the trust website to find out more about the funding available and how to submit an application, click here.

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