The Industrial Communities Alliance’s figures do not tell the full story of the life-changing impact of National Lottery funding on people in Barnsley. The Alliance claims Barnsley East has received 21% of the ‘national average’. This is not the case.
The Alliance’s figures do not include national and regional grants which have helped people in Barnsley. For example, South Yorkshire County Sport Partnership recently received £1.2 million of Lottery funding to improve sports opportunities in Barnsley. But this grant is recorded to Sheffield where the organisation is based.
There are also countless examples of national organisations whose work has made a big difference locally. For example, Age UK Barnsley is one of the local organisations to benefit from £16 million of Lottery funding for the ‘Fit as a Fiddle’ scheme which improves the wellbeing of the elderly. However, this money isn’t recorded to Barnsley because Age UK is a national body.
National Lottery distributors work hard to raise awareness of funding where low levels of applications are made. In fact, Goldthorpe with Bolton-on-Dearne in east Barnsley is one of the locations chosen to be part of a scheme where £1 million will be made available for local people to decide how to improve their quality of life. We hope this will inspire others to apply for National Lottery funding. For more information go to www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk
Chair of the Lottery Forum