EARLIER this summer, the Echo joined forces with the Big Lottery Fund to award grants to community and not-for-profit organisations, parish and town councils, health bodies and schools across our circulation area.
We invited groups to bid for grants of between £10,000 and £30,000, with Echo readers voting on a short-list of the best ideas.
Now we can announce the groups to make it through to the next stage of the campaign.
Over the next two weeks, readers will have the chance to vote for the projects they would like to see get the cash, using a coupon printed in the paper.
Those with the highest number of votes will be awarded the funding until all £250,000 of the Big Lottery Fund money has been spent.
The winners will be announced on September 30.
Echo deputy editor Richard Ord said: “We’ve had a fantastic response to the Do a Lotto Good campaign and we wish all the finalists the best of luck.”
•Pick up a copy of the printed edition Sunderland Echo for your voting coupon
Special Olympics Sunderland, which needs funding for its ongoing activities to give more children and youngsters with learning disabilities the chance to join swimming classes and take part in other sports. The group needs specialised coaching support for the young people who take part and is applying for £19,000.
Southwick and Monkwearmouth Community Transport would like to purchase a new minibus to take people to regular support meetings, residential weekends and to national competitions. The transport is used by more than 50 voluntary organisations including physical and mental health support groups, junior and adult sports groups, youth projects, after school clubs, guides and scouts. It is applying for £23,693.
St Mary’s and St Peter’s Community Project would like to provide an intergenerational project offering people the chance to take part in horticultural activities to help them adopt a healthier lifestyle, gain new skills and socialise together as a community. The project will acknowledge the skills of older people enabling them to engage with younger people, support each other to grow fruit, vegetables, flowers, make hanging baskets and potted plants which can be sold for a small charge. It has a recommended amount of £17,500.
The Lambton Street Youth Centre wants to employ a part-time youth worker and sports coaches to encourage girls and women into sport.
The youth worker will promote sport and healthy lifestyles to around 120 females over 14 years old. The centre will offer training by qualified coaches in trampolining, boxing, martial arts, dance and netball. It will also recruit and train young women as junior sports leaders who organise games and act as peer role models. It is applying for £21,363.
The South Hylton Tansy Centre would like to run a drop-in facility, five days a week so that local people who are lonely and living in isolation can meet new friends over a cup of tea, access support and be signposted to other services.
The group would use volunteers to help run the sessions by improving their skills through training. It would invite statutory and voluntary organisations to visit the drop-in sessions to talk to residents about services. For the least mobile, it would like to offer a collection and return service. It is applying for £16,100.
The North East Autism Society hopes to provide volunteer “befrienders” to offer a one-to-one service to isolated young people with autism.
The group aims to recruit and train volunteers to provide support to access activities, including adventure and sport, communication and sensory, creative arts and music, computers and media.
“Befrienders” will aim to create a sense of community belonging and a degree of independence that will support the children to tolerate new environments leading to improved integration less risky behaviour. It is applying for £23,625.
Herrington Burn YMCA would like to set up a residents’ group in the Fence Houses area that will lead on developing community initiatives such as developing an unused space into a community garden, providing activities for elderly people, and running community events.
It already has a presence in the area through its Streetz@Fencehouses project for young people. The adult steering group for the project has identified the lack of local community activities. It is applying for £29,893. Washington
MIND wants to offer a broad range of services and activities at its new building and employ a part-time activities coordinator.
The post holder would promote healthy eating courses and educational courses, including counselling, mentoring and computer skills, and the internet.
They would also run creative sessions, such as jewellery making, card craft, soft furnishings and clothes customising, and weight management sessions, emotional eating support, stop smoking support and sexual health services.
They would also arrange library services, information resources, toddler groups, youth activities and physical activities. It is applying for £15,600.
St Mark’s Community Association wants to run a programme of free healthy activities and free healthy eating sessions.
The sessions will include cooking healthy affordable meals, fun fitness classes and dance sessions.
In addition, as many Millfield residents have no garden, it wants to lay artificial turf in its outside garden where children and young people can take part in physical sports and activities.
The association is particularly keen to address the worrying statistics that 42 per cent of children in Millfield are classed as overweight or obese. It is applying for £20,200.
East Durham Community Development Trust would like to establish a series of five community based clubs, or ‘Mam zones’, where young mothers can socialise and engage in a range of activities, specifically reaching women who have become isolated due to a combination of domestic, social and economic factors.
Each group will determine the range of activities that take place – from a ‘coffee and chill’ group to offering courses with NVQ qualifications.
The group says it wants to address a statistic from recent national research programme, showing Murton had the highest level of socially isolated single mothers.
They are applying for £24,500.
St Gabriel’s Camp Group wants to fit out a container so that all the gas, water and electrics are concentrated into one area so the group can comply with regulations and insurance requirements.
An additional water heater will be provided, the current catering equipment will also be fitted permanently into the container.
A section will be partitioned off as a tuck shop. The food preparation area will be a tented/awning attached to the container.
The old cookhouse will be used as a dry recreation area for pool/table-tennis and house a new PA system for evening sing-songs.
They are applying for £18,320.
Houghton Underground Music Project would like to set up a new weekly, DJing and MCing session for young people aged 13 -19 years to practice and record.
It hopes to hold two large performance events in 2014, which will encourage organisations to build partnerships for future work.
It would also like to provide music sessions for all young people over school holidays. These would also offer access to computers, pool, arts and crafts.
The project will give the young people a place to belong where they can express themselves in positive ways.
They are applying for £12,881.
Friends of Donnison School application is to start an Inter-generational Theatre, bringing together older and younger members of the community.
They will use personal stories, experiences, reminiscences and nostalgia as the basis for performances.
It is proposed that there will be a programme of workshops, training, development of software apps, a social event, and performances.
They are applying for £18,000
Action on Dementia wants to extend and expand two pilot projects.
The first is a Hospital Visiting Service which identifies patients who have dementia and signposts them and their families to support services.
The second is the Home Visiting Befriending Service for people with advanced dementia who have come out of hospital, which provides families with some respite.
Both these services will be provided by a paid member of staff. The Hospital Visiting Service is expected to reach 1,040 beneficiaries over a year and the Home Visiting Service 12 people per week.
They are applying for £22,337.
Foundation of Light plans a programme of 36 ‘Sportability Festival’ events for young disabled people aged 7–16.
In addition it proposes to deliver 36 Disability Awareness courses in mainstream schools. Sports will include football, judo, volleyball and sitting volleyball.
The charity hopes that more young disabled people will access sport and that they will socially interact with disabled and able-bodied young people which will raise awareness of the needs associated with disabilities. The group estimates there are 4,100 children with a disability in Sunderland.
They are applying for £12,264.
Youth Almighty Project’s application is for costs to set up the ‘YAP Intergenerational Project’.
A project coordinator and two youth workers, all part time, will develop a range of projects and programmes to bring together young and old people for gardening, decorating, trips to museums and local places of interest.
A steering group of both young and elderly people will help guide the project.
A community event will celebrate the project’s achievements.
They are applying for £13,575.
Sunderland Volunteer Life Brigade’s rescue team would like to replace its existing rescue vehicle, a Ford Ranger, which is now five years old.
The vehicle is used to transport equipment and the rescue team to incidents and to transport casualties from inaccessible areas to ambulances.
They are applying for £20,000.
Young Asian Voices are seeking to develop and deliver a volunteer project for young people between the ages of 14 to 16.
Young people will receive support, advice and training on future volunteer opportunities to enable them to register as formal volunteers once they are over sixteen.
The young people will discuss ideas and issues, increase their knowledge and skills, develop their youth voice and help to become more active within their community.
The project will help increase self-esteem, identify future pathways and help them build a range of transferable skills.
They are applying for £11,480.