MORE than £15 million of National Lottery funding was invested into Burton and South Derbyshire last year, figures released reveal.
A total of 43 grants were awarded across the area which provided a vital cash boost to arts, sport and heritage and community groups helping the area’s most vulnerable people.
Among the recipients were Burton-based family support service Harvey Girls was handed £280,000 as part of a bid to provide support groups and advice to young parents.
Group Learning Disability Carers also pocketed £10,000 to provide carers with training and to establish a carers network in the area.
A spokesman for the National Lottery said: “Everyone in Burton and South Derbyshire who plays the National Lottery should be proud of the difference their money is making in the community.
“National Lottery players raise £33 million every week for a wide range of projects which make a life-changing difference to communities.”
Organisations handed charity cash during the past 12 months are now being offered the chance to gain national recognition for their work as the National Lottery Awards 2014 opens for entries.
John Barrowman, presenter of last year’s National Lottery Awards show, said: “The awards are a great way of celebrating their work and the unsung heroes helping people with National Lottery funding.”
The awards have seven categories –sport, heritage, arts, environment, health, education and voluntary.
More information is available online at www.nationallotteryawards.org.uk or by calling 0207 293 3599.
The deadline is March 12.