Don’t miss the chance to win a share of a fantastic £250,000

Children, families and staff from Connors Toy Library after it was awarded a �300, 000 National Lottery grant
Children, families and staff from Connors Toy Library after it was awarded a �300, 000 National Lottery grant
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WITH less than a week to go, community groups are being urged to sign up for the chance to get as much as £30,000.

The News has joined forces with the Big Lottery Fund to launch The News Cash for Communities. The programme is giving not-for-profit clubs, schools, health projects and parish and town councils the chance to receive a share of a fantastic £250,000.

But applications can only be accepted until Sunday before a short list is drawn up on September 16.

A number of groups have already applied but there is room for plenty more.

Whether you’re a community club needing a new home or a after-school class in need of new equipment, then this could be your chance.

Dharmendra Kanani, Big Lottery Fund England director said: ‘Time is running out for you to fill in your application form and help make a difference to the lives of people and communities across Portsmouth.

‘We hope this funding will help to bring communities together, particularly in difficult times to feel empowered and access resources to turn lives around for the better.’

The Big Lottery Fund has given thousands of pounds to a number of community groups in Portsmouth.

This includes over £200,000 for Connor’s Toy Library who help provide toys and support for families and £9892 for a singing project by Portsmouth Voices.

TO APPLY for a grant you will need to be a community group, a not-for-profit group or a parish or town council.

Health bodies and schools can also apply.

Groups do not have to be a registered charity to apply.

One of the requirements is having a bank account that requires at least two people to sign each cheque or withdrawal.

You must also be in a position to use the grant within one year.

So, what are you waiting for?

Applications will be accepted until August 4.

A shortlist will then be made on September 16 with readers of The News being able to vote for their favourites.

There will also be the chance for readers to see exactly what the money will be spent on for two weeks after September 16.

The groups with the highest votes will be announced on October 7.

Applications and more information on the grants and the necessary requirements are available from

They are also available by calling 01256 776109