Keighley and Ilkley MP Kris Hopkins has urged local charities to help get community projects off the ground by applying for a share of a new £6 million funding pot.
The money - raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery - will be allocated through three Trusts, with each supporting a different category of project.
People’s Postcode Trust seeks applications for projects that focus on the prevention of poverty, promotion of human rights, equal rights and conflict resolution for some of society’s most vulnerable groups. Postcode Local Trust supports wildlife, sustainability and volunteering initiatives. And Postcode Community Trust focuses on grass-roots sports, arts, recreation and healthy living programmes.
There will be two opportunities for groups to apply in 2017 – in February and August – with £3 million available in each round.
The first round - which closes on 10 February 2017 – enables interested parties to submit an 'expression of interest' form. Charities shortlisted will then be asked to complete a full application for funding.
In August, interested groups and organisations can apply or re-apply when a second allocation of £3million will become available. The maximum a project can receive is £20,000.
Mr Hopkins has encouraged local charities to apply.
“A share of this funding could make a real difference to communities across Keighley and Ilkley and I hope we will see many applications coming in from across the constituency.
“A wide range of projects are eligible to apply and the deadline is just a few days away.
“I would urge local charities to get online and get their bids in as soon as they can.”
Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery, said:
"£6million injected into grass-roots projects across Great Britain will have a tremendous impact in local communities.
“We encourage charities to put themselves forward for this funding and to have a look at the different Trusts to see where their project fits in.”
Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised more than £168.4 million to date for over 2,800 good causes across Great Britain and internationally.