Cash from Devonshire pot to be handed out

Jane Dubery SUS-150416-114120001
Jane Dubery SUS-150416-114120001

The first chunk of spending of the Devonshire West Lottery million will be announced at a community fair on Saturday April 25.

The Big Local team members launched their new grant scheme in January and the projects have now been selected.

“We have a £65,000 pot for 2015 and this round was £20,000,” said group chair Jane Dubery. “After all the consulting and planning, we decided that the best way to start doing the things that local people wanted was to give out grants in certain categories.

“We were very pleased to receive a lot of applications, more than we could possibly fund, and we hope that the successful projects will begin to make a difference round here soon.”

Jane said the whole community is invited to the fair to see all of the groups and projects and there will be cheque presentations and the opportunity to sign up for some activities straight away. The event will be at the Venton Centre (Age Concern) in Junction Road from 1pm to 3pm.

Devonshire West Big Local is working with the Big Lottery Fund to help people to make massive, lasting and positive differences in their own communities. Devonshire West is one of 150 spots around England that have been allocated £1 million over a 10 year period to make their area an even better place to live.

Big Local has four aims: communities able to identify local needs and take action in response, people will have increased skills and confidence, so they continue to identify and respond to future need, the community will make a difference to needs it prioritises and people will feel their area is a better place to live.