Many amateur radio clubs in the UK are missing out on thousands of pounds in grants because they fail to put in bids for Lottery money.
Although it can take some time to organise a lottery bid, the benefits of doing so can be huge. The Swindon & District Amateur Radio Club (SDARC) are one of many community projects in the United Kingdom to be awarded grants from the Big Lottery Fund.
The fund’s Awards for All programme will see a £9,960 grant handed to SDARC, to buy equipment, enabling it to extend its activities and enable local people to learn about the hobby and to get involved.
SDARC spokesman James Patterson said: “It’s fantastic news, and we are obviously very grateful to the National Lottery for the grant. This is a massive investment, and a big opportunity to promote the hobby, the society, and what we do in the area.
We hope to help educate the young and old in the skills needed to operate radio equipment, skills which are very useful in a number of careers.”
Thanks to the lottery grant, the club will be investing in radio transceivers, accessories and other items to enhance our training, operational and promotional activities.
The Big Lottery Fund distributes funds on behalf of the National Lottery to good causes across the UK,and aims to enable others to make real improvements to communities and the lives of people across the UK. Application information can be found at www.awardsforall.org.uk
The club meets weekly, every Thursday in the Savernake Street community halls. SN1 3LZ from 7pm-10pm. Contact Den on 07810 317750 for details.