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YORKSHIRE AND HUMBERSIDE COMMUNITIES CELEBRATE THEIR SHARE OF NATIONAL LOTTERY GOOD CAUSES

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Communities across Yorkshire and the Humber are today celebrating over£5.4m in grants from the New Opportunities F...
Communities across Yorkshire and the Humber are today celebrating over£5.4m in grants from the New Opportunities Fund. Projects which have scooped a share of good cause funding from the National Lottery distributor include schemes which will enable people to lead a healthier lifestyle, take part in local regeneration programmes, access childcare and use the internet in their local library.

Already close to£70m has been awarded to the region by the Fund to support health, education and environment schemes. This new tranche of funding takes the total for the region over the£74m marker.

Gareth Durling, Yorkshire and the Humber regional officer for the New Opportunities Fund, said: 'We are delighted to announce our support for some major new projects that will improve the quality of life of communities in this region. The projects given the 'green light' today demonstrate the real difference the fund can made to local people's lives. I hope this will encourage others to grasp the opportunities provided. We can provide the money but it is up to the people of the region to deliver the benefits.'

To flag-up the funding for the region and provide information about future funding opportunities, existing and prospective grant recipients will be attending the Fund's Reaching Communities event at St Catherine's Church Conference Centre from 11.00am -2.10pm on Thursday 28th February.

In Bradford a£50,000 Green Spaces and Sustainable Communities (GSSC) SEED award will enable the Bradford Community Environment Project (BCEP) to inner city residents including ethnic minority communities, children and those with learning disabilities with the chance to get involved with gardening and environmental activities.

The award is one of a total of£161,528 being announced today under the Fund's Green Spaces programme. The Bradford project called 'Growing Places' aims to encourage the local production of organic foods and involve local people in improving their local environment. The funding will enable more people to grow foods including spinach, Jerusalem artichokes, beans, coriander, sweetcorn and squashes which can contribute towards a healthy diet. The scheme also aims to provide people with a form of gentle exercise and an opportunity to socialise.

Sue Witmore, community environment worker, said: 'These schemes boost physical and mental wellbeing of local people as well as engaging residents in regeneration initiatives and food production. We're delighted that the New Opportunities Fund is backing our plan to widen these opportunities for local people.'

Yorkshire communities will be joining the cyber-generation with the news that over£1m will provide new learning opportunities and access to the internet in libraries across Wakefield and Kirklees. The People's Network awards will fund state-of-the art computer equipment which will enable local communities to access the National Grid for learning and the world wide web.

An award of£74,215 for out of school hours childcare to Wakefield MDC will provide 145 new places which will provide enhance childcare provision in areas where there is currently a dearth of support. The funding will create new childcare places at 11 schools for both before and after school care as well as holiday places for 3-14year olds.

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Full details of the New Opportunities Fund programmes and grant awards are available on the fund's website.

The New Opportunities Fund distributes National Lottery money to health, education and environment projects across the UK. We support sustainable projects that will:

-- Improve the quality of life of people throughout the UK

-- Address the needs of those who are most disadvantaged in society

-- Encourage community participation

-- Complement relevant local and national strategies and programmes.

Funding for programmes is divided between England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales on the basis of population weighted to reflect levels of deprivation.

The fund works with national, regional and local partners from the public, private and voluntary sectors to fund initiatives, with particular focus on the needs of those who are most disadvantaged in society. Funding for programmes is divided among England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales on the basis of population weighted to reflect levels of deprivation.

The New Opportunities Fund was established by the National Lottery Act in July 1998 and launched at the end of January 1999. It is a non-departmental public body sponsored by department for culture media and sport.

*GREEN SPACES AND SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES -£125m

Includes£10.78m for the Scottish Land Fund. This programme is funding projects designed to help urban and rural communities throughout the UK understand improve or care for their environment by creating, preserving or promoting access to green spaces of educational, recreational or environmental value to the community, including by the acquisition of land, reuse of derelict land, and creation of habitats which encourage biodiversity. It encourages small community based projects which engage local people in improving and caring for their environment and promoting sustainable development. The roll out of the programme through award partners includes over£40m of funding targeted on new and improved playing fields and children's play.

SEED

In September 2000 The New Opportunities Fund appointed the Royal Society for Nature Conservation (RSNC) as an award partner in its Green Spaces and Sustainable Communities funding programme. Through this, RSNC's social economic and environmental development (SEED) Programme is to distribute£13.94m in lottery funding. The SEED Programme is managed by a 12-strong consortium partnership and is led by the RSNC and will award grants to a wide range of projects including local food initiatives, waste minimisation and sustainable transport and community enterprise. Grants of up to£100,000 are available, with a fast-track process for applications seeking less than£5,000.

A table showing the total amount of New Opportunities Funding for Yorkshire and Humberside announced on Thursday 28th February follows:

HEALTHY LIVING CENTRE AWARDS

Name of project/ Location / Descroiption / Amount

Inner East Leeds Healthy Living Initiatives

Leeds, Yorkshire and the Humber

This project aims to improve the health and wellbeing of local people including the housebound, families and older people. Themes include Healthy Homes, Healthy Eating and Healthy Choices.

£776,894

A Healthy Living Project for Inner North West Leeds

Leeds, Yorkshire and the Humber

The project aims to reduce health problems caused by unhealthy lifestyles and social/economic factors. It will focus on healthy Minds and Bodies, Family Support, Information and Signposting. Highlights include urban gardening and play schemes.

£697,694

West Leeds Primary Care Group/Trust

Leeds, Yorkshire and the Humber

Older people, young people, single parents and refugees will benefit form this scheme healthy eating and community food projects will promote healthier diets. Other activities will include singing and walking groups, a gardening scheme and counselling services.

£1,000,000

Total for Leeds =£2,474,588

West Central Halifax Healthy Living Partnership (HeLP)

Calderdale, Yorkshire and Humber

The project will focus on the health needs of young people, children and women, black and ethnic minority communities. Activities will be based around Education for health; Resources training; Arts/community engagement and Fitness and leisure. Highlights include a Hallal loan scheme.

£747, 018

Total for West Yorkshire =£3,221,606

Crosby Bridge - Bridging the Inequality Gap

North Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and the Humber

The project will focus on the needs of young people, older people, those with mental ill health, unemployed and minority ethnic communites. Five themes are: Food and Health, mental Health, People and Open Spaces, Community Safety and physical activities for Asian communities.

£965,276

Total amount: Healthy Living projects in Yorkshire and the Humber =£4,186,882

People's Network

Wakefield Libraries and information Services

Wakefield

Free internet access will soon be available at all 28 of Wakefield's libraries where over 250 computers will be provided for public use. The people's network at Wakefield is acting as a catalyst for other developments such as a learning centre at Airedale.

£696,537

Kirklees Cultural Services, Libraries and Information Services

Kirklees

The allocation will greatly enhance facilities already provided in Kirklees libraries and benefit all 23 libraries. Video-conferencing equipment and workstations for people with disabilities are key features.

£333,757

Total£1,030,294

Out of School Hours Childcare

Wakefield MDC

Wakefield

This application has the supportof the local community and four of the schemes would be situated in disadvantaged areas. There is current childcare in the areas, high unemployment and a large proportion of single parent families.

£74,215

Green Spaces

The Change Project

Calderdale

A discounted real nappy laundry service, which will provide a 'greener' alternative to disposable nappies.

£25,700

The Meersbrook Park Community Composting Project

Heeley City Farm Ltd

Sheffield

The collection and recycling of compostable and cardboard waste, producing animal bedding and compost

£38,991

Wise Up to the Environment, Meanwood Valley Urban Farm

Leeds

Interactive displays will be used to educate visitors and school groups how they can live more sustainably

£30,000

Strategic and Marketing

Positioning Review of Kerbside

Hebden Bridge

A review to identify how Kerbside can expand its services and offer more community training opportunities

£4,000

Wildwood Bentley Ltd. (Fencing Contract)

Doncaster

Recycled timber will be used to produce gates, as part of a re-fencing initiative on a local housing estate

£4,638

RECYC Newsletter

Sheffield

A newsletter aimed at increasing local community awareness and involvement in recycling opportunities

£3,200

Hirst 2000 - Village Garden

Selby

Creation of a village garden for the whole community, including a meadow area and a butterfly garden

£4,999

Growing Places, Bradford Community Environment Project

Bradford

A food growing initiative to encourage the local community to get involved with improving their environment

£50,000

Total£161,528

Total for Yorkshire and Humberside Region =£5,452,919

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