16 miles apart but a very big difference in funding
TO the people of Derbyshire, who contribute to the National Lottery funds every week, you might like to know this: about 16 miles separate Nottingham and Derby and, outside Nottingham, they have refurbished Wollaton Hall and its grounds.
In Derby in 2000, a bid for a lottery grant was made to help restore Elvaston Castle and grounds and that bid failed.
So on searching, reading, and calculating, I found what, according to the lottery grant list, a difference 16 miles can make.
For Derby, January to November 2012 – from the Big Lottery Fund, Arts Council, Sport England and Heritage Lottery Fund – grants were successfully awarded to 35 bids, making a grand total of £1,808,383.
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Compare that to the same funding, from January to October 2012, in Nottingham, 105 bids were successful – making a grand total of £4,396,102. A big difference.
So may I suggest, on these figures, another bid is put in for the restoration of Elvaston Castle for the benefit of the folks of Derbyshire. After all, we merit the same consideration when we help swell the lottery funds.