The money, raised by players for good causes, is being distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK.
4 community projects on the Island have received funding in the past 3 months – ranging from a music festival for people with disabilities to a renovation project on a former railway station in Merstone.
One project funded on the Isle of Wight is One Life Music Festival 2019, which received £10,000 of National Lottery funding. The festival, which began last year, will be returning to the Isle of Wight to provide a safe and fun family festival for people with learning and physical disabilities. The festival will provide an opportunity for people with disabilities to come together to be themselves and enjoy a full festival experience, without fear of judgement.
Barrie Wade, Co-Founder of The One Life Festival, said:
“Thanks to National Lottery funding we are able to put on a bigger and better music festival for people with Learning and Physical Disabilities on the Isle of Wight. The funding has allowed the project to grow to a two day event and include a family day for children with disabilities and their families.
“The One Life Festival was such a huge success in 2018, organisations from all over the UK will be attending and enjoying a great weekend on the Isle of Wight. This year’s funding means that their experience in 2019 will be even better.”
Another funded project on the Isle of Wight is Island 2000 Trust, which will be using £10,000 of National Lottery funding to create a walking, cycling and horse-riding hub on the site of an old station in Merstone. They will be putting in a shelter, additional benches, cycle-racks, a community noticeboard and barbeque facilities to enable people to have a rest-stop and enjoy the many rights-of-way within the area. In addition, old photographs will be displayed showing how the site looked in its heyday.
Carol Flux, Project Manager, said:
“The project is being greeted with excitement in the cycling community and people are saying they will need to book a place in our shelter! The project was inspired by the Island’s walkers, cyclists and equestrians and we want more people to come and visit and have a free and healthy day out in our countryside.”
Elly De Decker, Senior Head of Regional Funding at The National Lottery Community Fund, said:
“National Lottery money continues to change the lives of thousands of people across the Isle of Wight. From community-led projects that reduce stigma and isolation to those looking at ways of improving local resources for residents, this quarter’s funding has one thing in common – it’s all been awarded to groups with the ideas, knowledge and passion to make the changes they want to see in their local area. Thanks to National Lottery players, projects like the One Life Festival and the Island 2000 Trust are investing in what matters most to them and their community.”
The National Lottery Community Fund is responsible for giving out money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. As part of today’s announcement, it has revealed that it is making grants totalling £64million going to more than 2,200 community organisations across England. To find out more visit www.TNLCommunityFund.org.uk.