16 September 2003
Thanet Getting a Fairer Share of Lottery Funds
Fair Share - the scheme to ensure certain areas receive their slice of lottery funding - has reached its half-way stage in Thanet.
Community Fund and the New Opportunities Fund are working in partnership to ensure more lottery funds reach certain areas that have in the past been missing out. Community Fund set aside £1,325,000 of its budget over three years to invest in Thanet.
Already over £557,000 has been awarded to four local organisations in the past 18 months - up on funding to Thanet in previous years.
Dorothy Buckrell, South East Regional Manager for Community Fund, says: 'We are delighted that our support is reaching deserving groups in Thanet. However, we would like to hear from more groups to help us ensure that more local organisations benefit from the money that has been put to one side for them. In particular we would like to hear from smaller local groups who can apply for our medium-sized grants with a quicker application process and simpler application form.'
The success rate in Thanet is higher than the regional average at 44 per cent - nearly one in two.
Those groups to have benefited so far are:
The Community Fund has been working with local agencies to run a series of events in Thanet, offering advice and support to local groups. Anyone interested in finding out more should ring the Community Fund enquiries officer on 01483 462941.
The scheme began in March 2002 and runs until 2005.
Notes to editors
For more information contact: