Lottery group ‘can’t give money away’

The big Kirk Hallam present a cheque to Kirk Hallam youth FC for �1000
The big Kirk Hallam present a cheque to Kirk Hallam youth FC for �1000

A Lottery-funded community group has revealed to the Advertiser that it is struggling to give money away.

Big Kirk Hallam has a communtiy chest scheme offering cash grants of up to £1,000 each to local projects, but it has received hardly any applications.

Chairman of the group Brian Cooper said: “We can’t give money away. As unbelievable as it sounds, people aren’t interested.

“As soon as we hand over the application form they seem to think it’s going to be a long complicated process and they lose interest.”

Projects eligible to receive the cash have to be in Kirk Hallam but can be anything from a mum and toddler group needing equipment or a venue, to coffee groups for elderly residents, youth clubs or local teams or societies.

One successful application was that of Kirk Hallam Youth FC who were handed a cheque for £1,000 last month.

Manager of the under 14s team, Frank Marshall, said: “Without the money from Big Kirk Hallam we couldn’t have carried on.

“We couldn’t get backing from anywhere so without a doubt they saved us from folding.

“We used the money for kit, equipment and it goes a long way towards match days and training so the kids only have to pay £2 a week now.

“I can’t understand why there hasn’t been more interest in the scheme.”

Brian added: “We’ve been everywhere in Kirk Hallam telling people about it but now we need people to come back to us and apply.

“As long as their project benefits the community they could be awarded cash.”