CARDENDEN and Kinglassie MP Peter Grant is reminding local charities and good causes not to miss out on the chance to get a share of £3 million of funding that is available for the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Applications opened on Wednesday July 31 and will be accepted until August 14, where a whole host of good causes from social enterprises to voluntary groups and registered charities are eligible to apply for grants of between £500 and £20,000.

Local groups in the two villages such as the Cardenden Play Parks Committee could benefit.

The financial support is available through three different trusts. Each trust supports projects focussed on specific themes:

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

· 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

· Postcode Local Trust want to hear from groups working on flood prevention measures and those looking to implement renewable energy strategies. They also want your application if you’re dedicated to improving outdoor space, whether that’s a play park, a skate park or even something else!

Over 300 groups were awarded grants earlier this year, with sports groups for military veterans, counselling support services for young carers and sensory gardens for people with dementia among some of the organisations that benefitted. 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.

Glenrothes and Central Fife MP Peter Grant MP, said: “There are countless organisations doing fantastic work across the Glenrothes and Central Fife constituency.

"This is the perfect opportunity for them to take advantage of the funding available and expand the reach of an existing service, get a new project off the ground, or allow it to help extend an already successful initiative. I strongly encourage as many groups as possible to apply."