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21 November 2003

Community Fund has just announced its largest slice of funding to a Fair Share area in the South East

Four groups in Portsmouth are celebrating grants worth well over three quarters of a million pounds.

Southern Focus Trust has been awarded 89,342 to work with people who are at risk of losing their tenancies, supporting vulnerable, disadvantaged people at risk of homelessness. The group will provide life skills training, general support and advice on housing rights and responsibilities.

The other three grants are:

Portsmouth Area Refugee Support: 295,346 to expand the drop-in service for asylum seekers and refugees in Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Race Equality Network Organisation: 305,946 to work with black and minority ethnic (BME) community organisations and service providers - such as schools, health bodies, the council, police and others - so that they offer equal opportunities and don't discriminate against people.

Portsmouth Area Regeneration Trust: 116,803 to help more people with its debt advice and affordable loans. It will open up additional surgeries in deprived communities.

That brings the total funding in Portsmouth to 1,548,377 since the Fair Share initiative began. Fair Share is designed to ensure more lottery money reaches areas that hadn't got their fair share. The other Fair Share area in the South East is Thanet.

Notes for editors:
  1. Fair share is a partnership between two Lottery distributors, the Community Fund and the New Opportunities Fund, to provide guaranteed funding to the places where lottery money is needed most. It was set up in April 2002 to deliver over 170million to 77 disadvantaged areas in the UK that have not had their fair share of Lottery funds.
  2. The Community Fund is channelling 92million into the scheme through its three grants programmes while the New Opportunities Fund is to spend 88.75m through longer-term annuities. Community Fund has already distributed more than 25m to good causes – almost a third of its 92m contribution to the fair share programme.
  3. The Community Fund in the South East Region is allocating 3,970,000 to its two fair share areas. While Portsmouth will get 2,645,000 over three years its other area, Thanet, will get 1,325,000. Regional contact: Sandra Lamont on 01483 462924.

Media contacts

For more information contact Sandra Lamont, Regional Development and Communications Manager on 01483 462924 or 07801 837428.