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£18,000 lottery grant for local projects

COMMUNITYgroups in Frome benefited from almost £18,000 in grants from the Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Awards for All’ scheme this month.

Edventure, Frome Community Education, and Sustainable Frome all received money totalling £17,748 from the grants scheme run by the National Lottery.

Edventure, a community-run adult education centre, received £4,100 towards the running of Frome’s Food Waste Feast. The group will use the funding to organise a community feast using food that would be otherwise wasted. It is hoped the event will enable people from diverse backgrounds to come together and will build capacity for community engagement.

Frome Community Education, which also provides learning courses for adults,  received £9,398. The group will use the funding to deliver employment, IT and English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) training for the benefit of the local community. This will help improve beneficiaries’ employment prospects, English language and ICT skills.

Finally, Sustainable Frome received £4,250 towards a sharing festival. The money will be used  to deliver a sharing festival within the local deprived community, locals can share various items, tools, gardening and cooking equipment. It is hoped this will build capacity for community engagement and promote social cohesion.

More than 70 community projects across the South West, including projects in Bath and Trowbridge will be helping local people improve their communities after the Big Lottery Fund awarded a total of £1,987,817 to the region.

Grant making director Lyn Cole said, “These projects will make a huge difference to the lives of many. These projects are excellent examples of people working together to help others in their community including supporting them to attain the skills they need to realise their potential.”

Awards for All provides grants of between £300 and £10,000 to voluntary and community organisations and Reaching Communities awards larger grants of £10,000 and above for more long term projects.

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