The Small Grants Programme of the People's Postcode Trust funds projects that aim to make a difference to local communities. Registered charities, voluntary organisations, community interest companies and social enterprises are all able to apply for grants of between £500 and £20,000.
Since 2009, People's Postcode Trust has awarded over £9 Million to more than 1,400 projects across Great Britain, with over £6.5 Million going to the Small Grants Programme. Funding from People's Postcode Trust has already enabled hundreds of organisations to deliver successful initiatives involving sport, health, poverty reduction, environmental improvement and the advancement of human rights.
Two recently funded projects include a£17,064 award for the recruitment and training of 30 Place2Be Volunteer Counsellors in Manchester and Salford and a £19,995 award to Derby County Community Trust for the local homeless population.
Place2Be is the leading UK provider of school-based mental health services, providing early intervention to help children and young people cope with issues such as bullying, bereavement and domestic violence. Volunteer Counsellors at Place2Be provide emotional and mental health support to children, helping them develop coping and life skills.
Place2Be Service Manager for the North West Gina Chelton said, "At Place2Be we rely on our Volunteer Counsellors to enable us to provide vital early intervention. This funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery is helping us to deliver this vital work in the Manchester and Salford area. We are thrilled that children in these schools will benefit from our expert support, equipping children with the resilience to cope with life's struggles."
The Derby County Community Trust project will use the awarded funds to create Achieve FC, which will engage 24 homeless participants from Derby and neighbouring districts in a community development programme that will give them the opportunity to gain qualifications in Sport Coaching, Sport Leadership, Safeguarding Children and Emergency First Aid Training.
Lyndon Roberts, Inclusion Manager at Derby County Community Trust and Head of Achieve FC, said, "By introducing structure and routine to the participant's lives, their self-esteem and well-being is notably increased, which allows them to provide longer-term support for the rest of the community. Thanks to players of People's Postcode Lottery, Achieve FC has been made possible, benefitting and improving the lives of so many people affected by homelessness."
For details on how you can apply for small grant funding, please visit www.postcodetrust.org.uk.