Lottery Community Fund opens for grant applications in Mendip

A grant pot of up to £10,000 has opened up this week with funds which have been raised through a Mendip Community Lottery. A grant pot of up to £10,000 has opened up this week with funds which have been raised through a Mendip Community Lottery.

Mendip District Council have opened the Shape Mendip Community Fund for applications this week. The fund, which shares the proceeds of the Shape Mendip Lottery, gives Mendip organisations the chance of securing a £500 grant towards projects benefiting the Mendip community.

The Shape Mendip Lottery is a weekly lottery that directly supports good causes which benefit the Mendip community. There are currently over 45 causes signed up to the Shape Mendip Lottery from village playgroups to animal shelters, village halls to community radio stations.

When playing the Shape Mendip Lottery 60% of your ticket price goes to good causes and the money raised really helps benefit the local community.

Players can choose an organisation to support from the signed up causes or they can opt to support the Shape Mendip Community Fund. It's the donations from that fund that are now being made available as £500 grants.

Cllr Philip Ham, portfolio holder for Transformation at Mendip District Council, said: "The Shape Mendip Lottery was set up to help raise funds for local community and voluntary groups and the vital work they do within Mendip.

"It's great that we are now in a position to run the community fund from the funds raised through the lottery. The total grant pot of up to £10,000 will have a positive impact on local communities across the district.

"We are looking forward to seeing the variety of applications we will receive for projects across Mendip." 

Organisations interested in applying for one of the £500 grants, should visit www.mendip.gov.uk/communityfund and download the application form.

To find out more about the Shape Mendip Lottery Community Fund, visit: www.mendip.gov.uk/communityfund and to find out more about the Shape Mendip Lottery, how to buy a ticket or details of how to sign your organisation up as a benefiting cause, visit; www.shapemendiplottery.co.uk