MP urges environmental groups to apply for share of £1.5m pot

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Environmental groups in East Dunbartonshire looking for funding to get their projects off the ground are being urged to apply for a share of a £1.5 million funding pot.

Postcode Local Trust, a grant-giving charity funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, has opened its latest funding round and the deadline for applications is Friday, September 30 at 5pm.

East Dunbartonshire MP John Nicolson says it’s an opportunity not to be missed.

He added: “This is an exciting prospect for any local environmental groups that are in need of an extra funding boost. There are many groups in East Dunbartonshire who work tirelessly to improve our environment, often on a shoestring.

“I am pleased the People’s Postcode Lottery has made this funding available and I’d urge local groups to get their applications in before the deadline.”

The kind of projects that are likely to be funded will improve local ecology and habitats, encourage bio-diversity and benefit the wider environment. Groups can apply for funding ranging from £500 - £20,000.

Rebecca Whitley, Trust Manager of Postcode Local Trust, said: “We had such an amazing response to the first funding round earlier this year and it’s incredible to think players of People’s Postcode Lottery have supported almost 200 projects in this category already.

“We really hope to repeat the success of the previous round and we’d love to hear from the many grassroots initiatives that have exciting projects in the pipeline.”

Postcode Local Trust will open for applications from now until 5pm on 30 September, 2016.

As a charity lottery, a minimum of 30% goes directly to good causes. Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised £142 million to date for over 2000 charities across Great Britain and internationally.

For more information on Postcode Local Trust and to find out how to apply for funding, please visit www.postcodelocaltrust.org.uk