HELENSBURGH'S MP has encouraged charities and good causes in the area to apply for a share of more than £3 million raised by the players of the People's Postcode Lottery.

Social enterprises, voluntary groups and registered charities are all eligible to bid for grants of between £500 and £20,000 in the current round of applications, which is open until February 20.

The financial support is available through three different trusts that are all funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery with the sole purpose of supporting people and their communities across Great Britain.

Each trust supports projects focussed on specific themes:

* The People’s Postcode Trust looks to fund projects that are aimed at promoting human rights, combatting discrimination and the prevention of poverty;

* The Postcode Community Trust supports initiatives working to improve the health and wellbeing of communities, including arts and physical recreation projects, as well as those with a focus on reducing isolation;

* The Postcode Local Trust want to hear from groups working on flood prevention measures, those looking to implement renewable energy strategies, and those dedicated to improving outdoor spaces.

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Sports groups for military veterans, counselling support services for young carers and accessible play parks are just a few examples of more than 1,600 projects that were successful in their application and received funding in 2018.

Local good causes are advised to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity by reading the short funding guides available and applying to the trust that best fits the aims of their project.

Mr O’Hara said: “Funding from People’s Postcode Lottery’s players makes a huge difference to thousands of good causes across the country.

“ I know that there are many good causes in my constituency that would love a cash boost for a specific project and I would encourage any local charities or good causes who are looking for funding to apply as soon as possible.”

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A minimum of 32 per cent from every People’s Postcode Lottery ticket goes directly to good causes.

To date, players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised over £382 million for more than 5,500 good causes across Britain and internationally.

For more information, to view the funding guides and to apply please visit the trusts’ websites directly: