People's Postcode Lottery makes £3m available

Registered charities can apply for between £500 and £20,000 from 31 July

Charities are being invited to apply for a share of £3m in grants raised by the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Registered charities can apply for between £500 and £20,000 from 31 July until 14 August. The limit for not-for-profit organisations without charitable status is £2,000.

The two-stage application process begins with short expressions of interest before a more detailed second stage in September.

Applicants will be notified of decisions by 15 November.

The Dutch company Novamedia launched the People’s Postcode Lottery in Britain in 2005.

Players pay £10 a month to automatically enter draws and 32 per cent of the ticket price goes to charities.

Funds are distributed through 18 trusts. For this round, bids must be made to three of the trusts, which each have separate themes.

These include the People’s Postcode Trust, for projects aimed at promoting human rights, combating discrimination and the prevention of poverty; and the Postcode Community Trust for initiatives to improve the health and wellbeing of communities – including arts and physical recreation projects – as well as those with a focus on reducing isolation.

The third trust, the Postcode Local Trust, is for groups dedicated to improving and increasing access to outdoor space. Groups working on flood prevention measures and looking to implement renewable energy strategies are also eligible to apply.

Laura Chow, head of charities at the People’s Postcode Lottery, said: "Between the three trusts, there’s scope for a huge array of projects to benefit, and I would urge all groups to look at the funding guides and apply."

For more information, visit the trusts via the People's Postcode Lottery website.

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