We love our day-to-day work in Totally Socially, supporting people in our communities to achieve the things they want to achieve.  But every now and then it’s good to get a change of scenery, an influx of ideas and some useful stuff to bring back to our patch.

That’s why I was delighted to get the opportunity to go to the recent People’s Postcode Lottery event at the City Museum in Leeds.

The People’s Postcode Lottery is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and in its lifetime the money it has raised has supported thousands of projects to make a difference in their local communities.

One real nugget of learning I took away from the event in Leeds is that grants from the People's Postcode Lottery are awarded by three different charitable trusts, each with its own priorities (although a very similar and relatively easy application process).

Postcode Local Trust funds Green Space Improvements, Increasing Community Access to Outdoor Space, and Renewable Energy and Flood Prevention.

Postcode Community Trust funds Improving Community Health and Well-Being, Arts and Physical Recreation, and Reducing Isolation.

People's Postcode Trust funds Promoting Human Rights, Combatting Discrimination, and Poverty Prevention.

There are two funding rounds in 2019.  Dates are as follows:

Round 1 Stage 1: 6th - 20th February 

Round 1 Stage 2: 27th March - 10th April

Round 2 Stage 1: 31st July - 14th August

Round 2 Stage 2: 11th - 25th September

I heard some wonderful, inspiring stories about the many and varied communities across Great Britain who have benefited from this funding and I know that right here, literally on my own doorstep, Growing Opportunities had a very welcome boost to its work in the garden here at The Street. 

I would love to see more of our local groups take advantage of this funding so if you are interested please have a look at the three websites and drop me a line if you are thinking about putting in an application [email protected]

Every successful application will help show the value of a day out.  More importantly it might just give your group the lift it needs.