Projects in Sunderland were handed £3million in National Lottery funding last year, it has been announced.
Seventy grants were given out in the city during 2016,providing a big boost to arts, sports and heritage projects alongside community groups helping those most in need.
Grants given included:
•£9,552 to Hendon Young People’s Project to expand their health and wellbeing activities and workshops.
•£9,855 to Food4Thought to pilot a 10-week-long interactive health education workshop for people with learning difficulties.
•£10,000 to Living History Limited (North East) to support the development and delivery of an inter-generational community outreach choir.
From today, these examples have the possibility of gaining nationwide acclaim by entering The National Lottery Awards 2017 – the annual search for the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects.
Winners will receive a £3,000 cash prize and national recognition at a glittering ceremony broadcast on BBC One.
John Barrowman MBE, presenter of the National Lottery Awards show, said: “The awards rightly put the focus on ordinary people doing extraordinary things with National Lottery funding, whose efforts go such a long way and are indeed changing lives.
“National Lottery players can be very proud to have contributed towards their fine work.”
To nominate a project in this year’s awards, tweet @LottoGoodCauses with your suggestions or call 0207 293 3329 to find out more and to enter.
Entries for the awards must be received by midnight on April 7.