John was pleased to have the opportunity to attend a Big Lottery Fund Event and hear about the £36 billion that has been raised over the course of 23 years. S

The Big Lottery Fund aims to support projects which help communities and the lives of people it considers most in need. Over 80 per cent of its funds go to voluntary and community organisations, but it also makes grants to statutory bodies, local authorities and social enterprises.

Big Lottery Fund makes grants to projects working in health, education and the environment and the charitable sector. It funds projects in line with objectives set by the government but does not fund services which other parts of government have a statutory responsibility to deliver. 

The money awarded comes from the UK National Lottery.  Since the National Lottery started in 1994, over £18 million of funding has gone to various projects in Maldon.

Photo copyright: the Big Lottery Fund Event