Big Lottery Fund's Reaching Communities programme hands out grants

Action for Blind People among recipients

Forty organisations have received grants totalling £10.9m from the Big Lottery Fund's Reaching Communities  programme.

Reaching Communities awards five-year funding of between £10,000 and £500,000 to projects that help vulnerable and socially excluded people.

It is open to statutory organisations, including schools, as well as charities and social enterprises.

The latest beneficiaries include Action for Blind People, which has been awarded £499,651 to provide specialist equipment to blind and partially sighted people in rural areas.

A BLF spokeswoman said 32 per cent of organisations that applied received funding. The figure in the last financial year was 35 per cent.

Awards are made monthly and a total of £80m is being distributed in 2009/10.

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