COMMUNITY groups are being offered the chance to strike it lucky with the lottery.
Organisations in Jarrow are being invited to bid for up to £500 to support their projects out of a £14,000 jackpot supplied by Big Local, a body backed by the Big Lottery Fund.
Applications for the community grant must be made by April 8, with assessments taking place the following month.
Two more rounds of funding applications will be welcomed by the Big Local Central Jarrow Partnership Board in July and October.
Groups keen to win a slice of the funding on offer are urged to get their applications in early to boost their chances of success.
Last year, 17 projects claimed a share of the windfall, including Nolan Hall Sheltered Accommodation, St Bede’s RC Primary School Jarrow, and Friends of West Park Jarrow.
Anne Corrigan, project co-ordinator for Big Local in Central Jarrow, says the grant is a great way for organisations to win much-needed extra funding.
She said: “This is a great way for groups working within the community to get the extra funding that can make a huge difference.
“The money can be used for many different initiatives, but is important that people can show they have an expected positive outcome and are community-driven.
“I expect there will be great interest, and priority will be given to new applications – although those who received a grant in 2014 will be considered if the monies have been spent in full.
“However to support groups in trying to receive funding for their projects, we will also provide information on other grants available that may be able to help their work.”
Central Jarrow is one of 150 areas around the country to have been awarded £1m each to spend over 10 years by the Big Local.
In February last year residents, businesses and community groups in central Jarrow were consulted on what they would like to see improved around the town.
From feedback received from a number of community engagement initiatives, there have now been three major projects commissioned, including a landscape and gardening project being run by environmental charity Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle, a healthy living network established by Age UK South Tyneside, and a detached youth project led by YMCA North Tyneside.
Support will be provided for groups which are not yet constituted or do not have a bank account.
Applications can be made by contacting Anne on 428 1144 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org