They may have missed out on the £66m jackpot, but community groups are celebrating after winning a share of a £2m lottery fund.
Organisations across Lancashire have been awarded grants totalling almost £600,000, to help pay for vital projects to support those in need.
Among the cash pots is more than £326,000 for Ingol and Tanterton Community Trust (Intact) in Preston, almost £101,000 for Preston Muslim Forum, and £6,095 for Headway Preston and Chorley.
“It’s absolutely fantastic”, said Denise Hartley, chief executive of Intact.
“I couldn’t believe the relief when we found out we were going to get the funding.”
Lyn Cole, Big Lottery Fund England grant making director, said: “Whether it’s giving carers the chance to develop fantastic new skills, providing a safe haven for those experiencing trauma or giving vital support to those suffering with life changing injury, these projects will make a huge difference to the lives of many people.
“They are excellent examples of people working together, often as volunteers, to support others in their community to build on the skills they have and reach their potential.”
Nearly £2m is to be shared between 112 groups, including projects in Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cumbria, which aim to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need.
Read more about where the money has been awarded here:
Other local groups receiving support
PRESTON Muslim Forum Limited: £100,787 from the Reaching Communities fund.
The project will provide employment skills and training for people facing multiple disadvantage.
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School, Carnforth, Lancaster: £9,650 from the Awards for All fund.
The school will use the funding to build an outdoor covered area, to provide exercise opportunities for children during bad weather.
Chorley URC: £9,964 from the Awards for All fund.
The organisation will use the cash to upgrade the community kitchen.
Bowland High Academy Trust, Clitheroe: £1,660 from the Awards for All fund.
The cash will be used to create a gardening and wildlife club within the school.
Ludus Dance, Lancaster: £9,254 from the Awards for All fund.
The money will be used to deliver activities using dance to engage with young people at risk of experiencing mental health issues or exclusion, because of their socio-economic status.
Strawberry Fields Training, Lancaster: £10,000 from the Awards for All fund.
Cash will be used to provide two types of training workshops, for residents and young people.
33rd Lancaster Scout Group: £1,482 from the Awards for All fund.
The organisation will use the money to buy kayak equipment, to replace the older kayaks which no longer comply with health and safety regulations.
Elswick Parish Council: £10,000 from the Awards for All fund.
The money will be used to deliver evening youth and sports activities every week.
Grants totalling £47,315 have been allocated in Blackpool, with £19,800 earmarked for East Lancashire.