Lotto windfall for communities near Burnham-On-Sea
early Christmas present has this week been delivered to two communities
near Burnham-On-Sea in the form of up to £1million over
ten years from National Lottery funding.
villages of Woolavington and Puriton have been chosen to receive
the cash after the Big Local scheme, funded by the Big Lottery
Fund, identified they have proportionally received less lottery
funding than other areas of the UK.
announcement comes after staff from Sedgemoor District Council
recently showed officials from the Big Lottery Fund around the
district so that they had a sense of the whole area and the issues
emphasis is very much on residents and community groups in those
areas working with Big Local to work on either community or business
plans which could have all sorts of exciting projects in them.
These plans, once approved by Big Local, can draw down money from
the ring-fenced pot for that area," council spokeswoman Claire
Faun told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
"The scheme is completely resident-led so it will be entirely
up to people living in the area to use the £1m on the things
that matter to them and projects and services that will have the
biggest impact on the needs they identify."
Residents will need to come together to spend the funding, which
can be used on anything from starting up social enterprises and
addressing unemployment to tackling local issues or providing
more activities and services for people locally.
and Puriton are among 50 communities announced on Monday as joining
the existing 100 areas allocated at least £1million Lottery
funding through the scheme.
Sloane, Big Lottery Funds England Chair, explained: "These
areas have for many years been overlooked and have missed out
on vital funding and resources they have people who are
high on aspiration but until now have been low on opportunity."
"Through our long-term funding, commitment, training and
support over at least the next ten years, we will redress that
balance; giving them the power, confidence and ability to spend
this funding in the ways that matter most to their community."
"This is the Lotterys largest ever investment in community-led
regeneration. This kind of investment is powerful it goes
way beyond annual budgetary cycles of local authorities or the
parliamentary terms of well-intentioned governments. It is the
kind of investment that is going to help people in these areas
achieve lasting, meaningful change, for their children and generations