Local help from the EU

Thrilled: Liz Tapner of ONE Lancashire

Thrilled: Liz Tapner of ONE Lancashire

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A Lancashire organisation has received a cash boost thanks to the Big Lottery Fund.

ONE Lancashire, based in Preston, that was set up to bring together and strengthen third sector infrastructure providers in Lancashire, will be using their £20,000 grant to help raise awareness of and prepare local voluntary and community sector organisations for EU funding opportunities.

Liz Tapner CEO Selnet Ltd and ONE Lancashire Director said: “Through this award the ONE Lancashire team will ensure that we raise awareness across the Voluntary Community & Social Enterprise sector and help get ready for the new European programme in 2015.

“The partnership between Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership and BIG Lottery Fund is bringing huge opportunities for our members, who can deliver within the most social excluded areas in Lancashire.

She continued: “It’s not just about charities, it’s also about helping social businesses but any company that receives the money must reinvest any profit that they make.”

The five organisations across the North West that have receiceved a share of the £79,897 of Lottery funding will provide advice and guidance on the European funding that will be matched by the Big Lottery Fund.

Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive of the Big Lottery Fund said: ““Historically, voluntary organisations have often found it difficult to access European funding.

“Through this development funding, we will help ensure there is widespread awareness of the opportunities available through the ESF.”