Sheffield projects receive £10m in National Lottery funding

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Over £9 million of National Lottery funding was awarded to groups and projects in Sheffield last year, new figures show.

A total of £9.3 million was awarded in 190 grants aimed at benefiting local arts, sports and heritage projects.

Among the grants awarded was £9,980 which helped pay for the Darnall Carnival and £10,000 which went to Burngreave Amateur Boxing Club to provide boxing classes to reduce the risk of young people getting involved in crime and anti-social behaviour.

Another £65,000 went to Handsworth Juniors Sporting Club for improvements to pitches and facilities.

The projects, or any organisation that has ever received Lottery funding, now have the possibility of gaining national recognition by entering the National Lottery Awards 2015.

The National Lottery Awards have seven categories to reflect the range of areas funded by grants.

The winners of The National Lottery Awards will receive a £2,000 cash prize and national recognition at a star-studded ceremony broadcast on BBC One later this year.

John Barrowman, presenter of last year’s National Lottery Awards show, said: “Every National Lottery player should feel proud of the incredible difference they are making to the local community.

“They raise an astonishing £33 million every week for a huge variety of life-changing projects.

“The National Lottery Awards offer a chance to celebrate the fantastic work of Lottery-funded projects. If you know of a great project that deserves to shine, then please nominate them for an Award.”

Visit www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk or call 0207 293 3599 to find out more. Entries must be received by midnight on March 25.