Good causes in Belper and the surrounding the Amber Valley area, received more than £1.4 million of National Lottery funding in 2012, according to latest figures.
Twenty-nine grants were awarded across the town, providing a vital cash boost to local arts, sport and heritage projects and community groups helping the area’s most vulnerable people.
In the last year grants have included £9,950 for Amber Valley Sport & Leisure Development Forum to help tackle obesity in the community; £9,900 to Milford and Makeney Community Group in Belper to install new play equipment at the local play area and £4,700 to a Belper voluntary organisation, Choose Cycling in the Community, to encourage older people to get more active.
Now these projects, and any organisation which has received Lottery funding in the last 18 years, have a chance to gain national recognition for their work as the National Lottery Awards 2013 open for entries.
John Barrowman, presenter of last year’s National Lottery Awards show, said: “National Lottery players in Belper and the Amber Valley should be proud of the difference they are making to people in the area.”