MORE than £400,000 of National Lottery funding was invested in Solihull last year – and the recipients could now get further acclaim.
The organisation says 34 National Lottery grants were awarded in the borough.
It says the grants will provide a vital boost to arts, sports and heritage projects while strengthening community groups.
A wide variety of projects received funding last year, including £9,960 to St Andrew’s Church to create a community garden.
A further £9,490 was granted to Smith’s Wood Primary School to provide a sensory and therapy garden for use by the local community.
Solihull Moors Football Club CIC gained £9,375 to run activity sessions for local schools helping people to improve their health.
The charity announced that these examples, or any organisation that has ever received National Lottery funding, have the possibility of gaining nationwide acclaim by entering The National Lottery Awards 2018.
The awards mark the annual search for the UK’s most successful Lottery-funded projects.
National Lottery Awards winners will receive a £5,000 cash prize and national recognition at a ceremony broadcast on BBC One later in the year.
Strictly Come Dancing winner and TV Presenter, Ore Oduba, hosted the National Lottery Awards 2017 BBC One show.
He said: “Every week National Lottery players raise £30 million for good causes and that funding is invested in life changing projects around the UK.
“There are thousands of ordinary people doing extraordinary things with National Lottery funding within communities across the country.
“The National Lottery Awards are a rare opportunity to put the spotlight on those who truly deserve it.
“So if you know a Lottery project that’s making a positive difference, now’s the time to nominate.”
Last year, UK-wide running network, parkrun, won Best Sport Project for its National Lottery funded programme supporting visually impaired runners.
Chris Jones from parkrun says it has had a really positive impact on the project.
He said: “Since winning, we’ve seen an increase in numbers of people living with sight loss participating at parkrun.
“Perhaps more importantly, we’ve seen a transformation in self-confidence for individuals who have found that they can achieve more than they ever thought possible.”
Projects can be nominated for a National Lottery Award in seven categories; Arts, Education, Environment, Health, Heritage, Sport and Voluntary/Charity to reflect the breadth of funding that the National Lottery invests in.
To enter your favourite project in this year’s National Lottery Awards, tweet @LottoGoodCauses with your suggestions or call 0207 293 3329.
Entries must be received by midnight on April 8.