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Community Grants Programme

Three organisations in northern England have received funding to help local communities

Postcode Community Trust has awarded an incredible £1 Million to 115 community projects across Great Britain in its first funding round, thanks to players of People's Postcode Lottery.

The Postcode Community Trust's inaugural funding round was open to organisations operating in North England, Scotland and Wales. While competition for the awards was fierce, 115 projects were awarded funding of between £500 and £20,000.

Last week, projects in Scotland and Wales were featured. This week, the spotlight falls on three exceptional organisations in northern England: Foundation of Light, Opportunity Sports Foundation and the Sheffield Steelers Wheelchair Basketball Club.

Foundation of Light, which is based in Tyne & Wear, will receive £14,711 for its Let's Go! project in Washington. Foundation of Light, which is the official charity of Sunderland Association Football Club, is financially independent of the club, relying on fundraising for 90% of project costs. The Foundation uses football as a means of helping others to realise their individual potential, become more skilled and more valued members of their community, and to lead happier and more fulfilled lives. Let's Go! is a project basing staff in one of the most deprived areas of Sunderland, following successful outreach work in the neighbourhood, and will focus on a multi-agency approach to addressing issues with families in poverty that have multiple and complex needs.

The Opportunity Sports Foundation is based in North West England, and has been awarded £12,630 for its Girls Access Sport project. The Girls Access Sport project offers a targeted approach through participation in sports, enabling the Foundation to put structure into chaotic lifestyles, while raising health awareness; offering accredited learning; providing opportunities to become self-sufficient and ultimately enabling disadvantaged young people to become economically active within the community.

Andrew Bell, Director at Opportunity Sports Foundation, said, "The Girls Access Sport project particularly targets homeless, vulnerable and disadvantaged young girls to get involved in sport, with the most successful being street dance, to allow them to reach their potential. Thank you to players of People's Postcode Lottery for the funding which is helping us to make a difference to young people's lives."

Finally, the Sheffield Steelers Wheelchair Basketball Club was established in 1987 and is now the largest wheelchair basketball club in the UK. The Club focuses on players with a lower limb disability and does outreach work in local schools to teach disability awareness and to provide physical education opportunities to both able-bodied and disabled children in mainstream education. The club was awarded £16,988 towards the purchase of 12 sport wheelchairs, which will be made available to new players who wish to try wheelchair basketball.

None of these projects would be possible without the generous support of players of People's Postcode Lottery. Projects funded through the Community Grants programme really do have a huge impact on the local community and make a massive difference to many people's lives.

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