MORE than £2million of National Lottery funding was invested in Chester last year, figures released reveal.
Across West Cheshire, 75 grants were awarded, providing a vital cash boost to local arts, sport and heritage and community groups helping the area’s most vulnerable people.
The money went to a wide range of different groups, trusts and projects.
For example in Blacon £9,932 was given to Blacon Youth Football Club to refurbish their clubhouse so it can be used by the whole community.
Cheshire Community Development Trust got £9,916 to run workshops for unemployed young people on IT and other skills to help them gain employment.
And £13,250 went to D-Day Revisited, a Second World War Remembrance project to allow 13 Cheshire veterans to make commemorative trips to where they served their country in the war.
Now these projects, and any organisation which has received Lottery funding, have a chance to gain national recognition at the National Lottery Awards 2014.
John Barrowman, presenter of last year’s National Lottery Awards show, said: “National Lottery players raise £33 million every week for a wide range of projects which make a life-changing difference to local communities. The awards are a great way of celebrating their work and the unsung heroes, helping people with National Lottery funding.
“Everyone in Chester who plays the National Lottery should be proud of the difference their money is making in the local community. If you know of a Lottery-funded organisation that deserves to be nominated, we want to hear from you.”
The National Lottery Awards have seven categories, each reflecting an area of Lottery funding: sport; heritage; arts; environment; health; education; and voluntary/charity.
The winners of The National Lottery Awards will receive £2,000 and national recognition at a star-studded event broadcast on BBC One later this year.
If you want to see a project from Chester celebrated in this year’s awards, visit www.nationallotteryawards.org.uk or call 0207 293 3599.
Entries must be received by midnight on 12 March.