Fundraising News: Minority and family groups win lottery funds

Joe Gill

Organisations serving London's ethnic minorities and women and families were the winners in the first grants awarded by the renamed Big Lottery Fund, incorporating the New Opportunities Fund and Community Fund.

The Big Lottery Fund announced grants totalling £2.6m for organisations tackling disadvantage and improving the quality of life in London. Out of 24 grants, 11 went to ethnic minority-centred service providers and community groups.

Recipients included the Consortium of Bengali Associations - which received the largest grant of £195,000 - Brent Irish Advisory Service; and Business and Education South London.

Women's Health & Family Services received £190,000, and Advocacy & Non-Violence Community Education, Lambeth Women's Aid, Oasis Children's Venture and drop-in centre St Paul's Newpin also all benefited from awards.

Other grants went to organisations working on disability and mental health issues, support for the elderly and the homeless.

Debbie Pippard, the fund's London regional manager, said: "The projects awarded are hugely diverse in both the work they do and the communities they serve. It is this scope and vision that ensures that lottery money supports projects working at every level of disadvantage, helping as many people as possible."

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