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National Lottery Community Fund

GOOD NEWS for south Devon towns as Be Buckfastleigh gets two-year funding thanks to National Lottery players.

Be Buckfastleigh is celebrating after being awarded two-years of funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK.   Be Buckfastleigh will bring people together to tackle health, social and economic inequalities in Buckfastleigh and other small rural towns, and will form a cluster of towns to give voice to communities and support a wider local economy.  The National Lottery funding will also help turn local work into a shareable model of how to bring rural communities and people together to build self-reliant and self-sustaining communities that prosper and thrive. 

Be Buckfastleigh will use the National Lottery funding to develop our approach to:

  • delivering activities and services which engage, develop community, get people active and identify needs.
  • targeting more complex issues by creating pathways into participation, engagement, volunteering, skill development and work.
  • delivering training, skills and personal development programmes to help people feel valued, involved, appreciated and respected.
  • creating new “anchor” organisations, building on community strengths and identifying opportunities for economic growth and resilience.
  • developing a network of communities to provide an effective scale for addressing common issues.
  • building relationships with regional and national public and third sector bodies, and with research and policy makers, to develop a better understanding of issues affecting rural communities and identify opportunities for developing new approaches. 

Be Buckfastleigh will also be building on its long running Hello Summer project by delivering   the Government’s Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme over Christmas for families in Buckfastleigh, Bridgetown/Totnes and Bovey Tracey/Heathfield. 

Be Buckfastleigh Director, Pam Barrett said: “Our Hello Summer project has been running successfully in Buckfastleigh of 6 years now, and we are delighted to be able to this offer support to more families in Heathfield, Bovey, Bridgetown and Totnes. Our Hello Xmas activities will start on Monday 20 December and run at different locations across these communities throughout the holidays.” 

About The National Lottery Community Fund

We are the largest funder of community activity in the UK – we support people and communities to prosper and thrive. 

We’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and to work closely with Government to distribute vital grants and funding from key Government programmes and initiatives. 

Our funding has a positive impact and makes a difference to people’s lives. We support projects focussed on things that matter, including economic prosperity, employment, young people, mental health, loneliness and helping the UK reach NET Zero by 2050. 

Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.   

National Lottery players raise over £30 million each week for good causes throughout the UK. Since The National Lottery began in 1994, £43 billion has been raised for good causes. National Lottery funding has been used to support over 635,000 projects – 255 projects per postcode area.