ELUNED Morgan AM is encouraging local charities and community groups in Powys to apply for funding from a pot of over £3 million that has been raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Applications are open until August 14. A wide range of community organisations, from registered charities, to voluntary groups and social enterprises, are eligible to apply for grants of between £500 and £20,000.

The funding can be accessed through three different trusts and each trust supports projects focussed on different themes. Groups are encouraged to apply to the trust that best fits their proposed project:

• People’s Postcode Trust wants applications from projects aimed at promoting human rights, combatting discrimination and poverty prevention

• Postcode Community Trust supports initiatives working to improve the health and wellbeing of communities, including arts and physical recreation projects, as well as those with a focus on reducing isolation

• Postcode Local Trust provides funding that’s dedicated to improving outdoor space, in addition to increasing access to it. Groups working on flood prevention measures and looking to implement renewable energy strategies are also encouraged to apply.

More than 300 groups were awarded grants earlier this year, with sports groups for military veterans, counselling support services for young carers and sensory gardens for people with dementia among some of the organisations that benefitted.

Mid Wales AM Eluned Morgan said: “Across Powys, there are hundreds of groups and third sector organisations doing fantastic work in their communities in really challenging financial circumstances. With funding becoming harder to come by, this is a perfect opportunity to put forward an application to expand an existing project or to start something new. But time is short, applications must be sent into the People’s Postcode Trust before August 14th.”

Laura Chow, head of charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, added: “It’s not just players who win with People’s Postcode Lottery – over £3 million in grants will have a tremendous impact on grass-roots groups across Britain.

“Between the three trusts, a huge array of projects is able to benefit and I would urge all groups to look at the funding guides and apply.”

A minimum of 32% from every People’s Postcode Lottery ticket goes directly to good causes. To date, players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised over £450 million for more than 6,500 projects across Great Britain and internationally.

For more information, to view the funding guides and to apply please visit the trusts’ websites directly: