A new £2 Million charity fund has been launched today thanks to support from players of People's Postcode Lottery.

Postcode Local Trust, a grant giving charity funded entirely by players of People's Postcode Lottery, has been created to support local community based, grassroots projects with an environmental focus across Great Britain.

Postcode Local Trust opens for applications today and aims to support projects which benefit wildlife, enhance biodiversity and repair or create new green habitats utilising the skills and enthusiasm of local, grassroots organisations.

As a charity lottery, as well as having the chance to win cash prizes, players have raised more than £95 Million for good causes to date. 27.5% of every £2 ticket supports charities across Great Britain and internationally. The lottery, along with sister lotteries in Sweden and Holland, together form the world's biggest fundraising private charity donor.*

With two funding rounds in 2016, charities and community groups are able to apply for funding ranging from £500 upto £20,000 to deliver projects that positively impact their local, natural environment.

Environment minister Dr Aileen McLeod said, "Being able to access high quality greenspace can improve the health, wellbeing and confidence of people and communities. I welcome this funding and would encourage eligible projects across Scotland to apply for a grant, which will continue the transformation of our environment and create better places to live, work and visit."

Lang Banks, Director, WWF Scotland welcomed the announcement and said,"This is fantastic news for the thousands of local, community based environmental projects happening up and down the country. I believe that engaging our communities at grassroots level plays a vital role in protecting and preserving our environment for generations to come."

Rebecca Whitley, Trust Manager of Postcode Local Trust said,"The first funding round of Postcode Local Trust will be open to charities and good causes across Great Britain and will allow hundreds more local, community projects to be supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery each year. We know there are many exciting grassroots initiatives out there looking for support, and our straightforward application process will be welcome news for fundraisers.”

For more information on Postcode Local Trust and to apply for funding, visit www.postcodelocaltrust.org.uk.

* City A.M World Charity Index 2015

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Postcode Local Trust has a £2 Million charity fund for projects with an environmental focus