Help is at hand to get a slice of lottery cash

(l-r) Tom Morton, Hollie Rapp, Anna Potten, Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Councillor Lynne Stagg, Sue Dovey, Liz Donegan and Jacky Charman, celebrating the first year of Community Action in Portsmouth. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (131869-925)
(l-r) Tom Morton, Hollie Rapp, Anna Potten, Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Councillor Lynne Stagg, Sue Dovey, Liz Donegan and Jacky Charman, celebrating the first year of Community Action in Portsmouth. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (131869-925)

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A GROUP set up to help community organisations and charities is putting on free sessions to help people get together their applications for our Cash for Communities competition.

The News and the Big Lottery Fund have joined forces to give community groups, parish and towns council clubs, schools and health bodies the chance to win up to £30,000.

Community Action Portsmouth (CAP), which has just celebrated its first birthday, decided to run the sessions after reading about the competition.

Community development officer for CAP Jacky Charman said: ‘We have been around for a year now, and during that time we’ve been trying to find out what the groups need, rather than what they want.

‘There have been all these changes in funding, and funding to keep groups going is hugely important.

‘When we saw this in the paper we knew we would have to work quickly, so we decided to go for it.

‘We don’t want to miss out on this fabulous opportunity.

‘We find in Portsmouth that there’s very low uptake on potential funding, that could be because people are just getting on and doing it, or there might be difficulties with completing the forms.’

The sessions are open to groups from across The News region, not just Portsmouth, and the hall has a capacity of 200, so groups need to book a place in advance.

On Wednesday, CAP’s Funding Factory will be hosting the sessions at Oasis in Arundel Street, Portsmouth, from 1pm to 3pm and 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

Those attending will also need to take a print-out of the application form.

Jacky added: ‘We will go through the forms, give examples, and make sure it’s done in an easy to understand way.

‘And the good thing is, even if they don’t get picked from this, the work won’t go to waste, it can be used to help apply for other funds.

‘This money could have a massive impact. When you help find a solution in one area, the ripples can go right out. It’s the unseen knock-ons that a lot of these amazing groups create.’

Book your place online at portsmouthfundingfactory170713.eventbrite.com or call 023 9282 2795.