£160,000 of lottery cash for Salisbury groups

£160,000 of lottery cash for Salisbury groups

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 11:19am 11th June 2019.

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Two local schools, the city's community farm and a project to help lonely people among those to benefit.

The money raised by players for good causes and distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund will benefit seven community projects in the Salisbury area.

River Bourne Community Farm has been awarded £9,980 to make improvements to the facilities at its site in Laverstock.

River Bourne

Pitton C of E Primary School will use it's £10,000 grant to install a performance area in its grounds.

The 6 to 60 Project aims to create a shared space to bring older and younger members of the village and surrounding area together.

The  same amount of money is going to St Osmund's Catholic Primary School where it will be used to buy a community learning bus.

Lover Community Trust is getting £10,000 to refurbish a community room for local people and voluntary organisations.

Lover Old School
Lover Community Trust will use its grant to refurb a former school in the community.

Charity Community First gets the biggest grant locally, £98,984.

The money will be used for a project to address loneliness.

Homeless charity Alabare Christian Care and Support is getting £9,900 with the money being used to provide gym memberships for former members of the armed forces.

The project aims to improve the health and well-being of veterans.

Neil Hunt from the charity said the money will make a big impact.

"It's brilliant that we have secured National Lottery funding, so we can utilise the gymnasium in order to support our veterans with their mental and physical health. As someone with 22 years' service in the armed forces, I know the positive influence the gym can have on veterans, including those at risk of social isolation which is a growing issue in today's society."

Wessex Community Action is getting £18,982 to help identify areas where the voluntary and community sector needs additional support.


Salisbury's community groups aren't alone in being awarded lottery money - Wiltshire as a whole is receiving over £300,000, which is being distributed across 24 community projects and organisations.

The grants are made possible thanks to people that play the National Lottery.

James Harcourt, England Grant-Making Director at The National Lottery Community Fund, said:

"Thanks to National Lottery players we are able to support more projects addressing loneliness and social isolation than any other funder in the UK. We're delighted that many of the projects we have funded this quarter are focussed on bringing communities together, enabling people to make new connections and empowering their communities to thrive. With their ideas, knowledge and passion, this money changes lives."

Community Fund National Lottery

Across England grants totalling £88m are being handed out to over 3000 community organisations this quarter.


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