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16 April 2004

South east office announces latest grant awards

28 groups in the south east have just heard they are to receive over 3 million for their community projects.

Two organisations on the Isle of Wight are celebrating their collective award of over 250,000.

The first awards to the island for over 12 months will enable Earl Mount Batten Hospice to build a new in-patient ward and Home-Start I.O.W. to support families who are going through a stressful time.

Phillippa Saray, Regional Manager of the Community Fund South East says:
'Earl Mountbatten Hospice is the only hospice on the Isle of Wight. This project means some of its patients can continue to live independently in their own homes, and others will receive care in a less institutionalised setting.'

She also says:
'Parents using Home-Start I.O.W. services will be better able to meet the needs of their
children and as a result the children's development will be enhanced. These two new groups will also help to reduce the social isolation experienced by some families on the Island.'

The local authority areas benefiting from grants awarded in this announcement are:

Berkshire: 929,182
Bracknell Forest: 1 Grant worth 166,580
Reading: 2 Grants worth 189,066
Slough: 2 Grants worth 440,200

Buckinghamshire: 119,550
Aylesbury Vale: 1 Grant worth 100,000
Wycombe: 1 Grant worth 19,550

East Sussex and Brighton and Hove: 571,634
Brighton and Hove: 2 Grants worth 382,234
Rother: 1 Grant worth 189,400

Hampshire and Isle of Wight: 986,540
East Hampshire: 1 Grant: 59,987
Isle of Wight: 2 Grants worth 257,775
New Forest: 1 Grant worth 268,852
Portsmouth and South East Hants: 1 Grant worth 95,785
Southampton: 1 Grant worth 246,880
Winchester: 1 Grant worth 57,261

Kent : 695,386
Ashford: 1 Grant worth 80,094
Canterbury: 2 Grants worth 156,994
Gravesham: 1 Grant worth 54,425
Maidstone: 1 Grant worth 39,820
Sittingbourne: 2 Grants worth 68,311
Thanet: 1 Grant worth 295,742

Oxfordshire: 92,500
South Oxfordshire: 1 Grant worth 92,500

Surrey: 89,604
Surrey Heath: 1 Grant worth 89,604

West Sussex: 50,293
Horsham: 1 Grant worth 50,293

For more information on all of today's awards, follow the link on the right hand side of this page.

For details of all the grants we have awarded to date see the 'What we've funded' > 'Search past grants' section of our website.

Notes to Editors

  • Community Fund gives out money raised by the National Lottery to charities, voluntary and community groups. Out of every 1 spent on the National Lottery the Community Fund gets 4.7 pence.
  • Since 1995 Community Fund has awarded over 60,000 grants worth more than 2.7 billion to UK charities and voluntary groups.
  • The legal name of the Community Fund remains the National Lottery Charities Board. The National Lottery Charities Board was set up in 1994 and changed its operation name to Community Fund – Lottery money making a difference in April 2001.
  • A new organisation is currently being formed from the New Opportunities Fund and the Community Fund and will soon be distributing a major share of the good causes money raised through the National Lottery. This is an exciting opportunity for us to build on what both Funds have achieved so far and create an even more responsive and accessible organisation. The new distributor, The Big Lottery Fund, will be launched in June 2004. Current programmes, beneficiaries or applications will not be affected.
  • The New Opportunities Fund distributes National Lottery money to health, education and environment projects across the UK. We intend to support sustainable projects that will improve the quality of life of people throughout the UK, address the needs of those who are most disadvantaged in society, encourage community participation and complement relevant local and national strategies and programmes. (Funding for programmes is divided between England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales on the basis of population weighted to reflect levels of deprivation).

Media contacts

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