Diversity House celebrates after receiving over £450000 amount in National Lottery funding

Diversity House, based in Sittingbourne, is celebrating today after being awarded £456,032 in funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK.

Diversity House intends to use the funds to establish a “Centre for Women and Girls Innovation and Empowerment” (CWGIE). The CWGIE project aims to expand a whole-system approach to prevention and intervention in Swale to address the vast chasm created by the global pandemic and years of gender inequality among women and girls.

The funding will allow Diversity House to establish a cutting-edge centre where women and girls can access resources under one roof to achieve positive outcomes in four core empowerment domains: economic, social, community, psychological and physiological empowerment. Achievement in these areas will allow them to take charge of their lives. 

It will also ensure that Diversity House provides inclusive activities that assist men in learning about how society is gendered, thus championing women’s empowerment and gender equality. The project’s activities will contribute to the Swale Borough Council’s strategic priorities of building skills for a robust economy. At the same time, Diversity House will benefit from strengthened research and practical skills on gender issues.

This new National Lottery funding is intended to reach and directly impact at least 800 women and girls and 200 men by the end of the project’s lifespan. Capacity building, leadership development, employment and entrepreneurial skills, life and social skills, and other activities will be part of the project. The project activities will begin immediately, and anyone interested in participating should visit the Centre at ISP House, Church Street, Sittingbourne, ME10 3EG, or call the office at 01795420455. Potential project participants can also express their interest by emailing info@diversityhouse.org.uk. 

National Lottery players raise over £30 million weekly for good causes across the UK. The National Lottery Community Fund distributes a share of this to projects to support people and communities to prosper and thrive.  

Project spokesperson Gloria Opara, Project Oversight Committee Lead at the project, said: “Thanks to National Lottery players, this grant means that we can empower more women to develop their self-worth, make the right choices and control their life outcomes irrespective of their environment, and our team at Diversity House are very excited at the many positive outcomes that are anticipated from this project which has been made possible by this National Lottery funding. This will make a big difference in people’s lives.” 

To find out more, visit www.TNLCommunityFund.org.uk   


Bradley Page, Bradley.Page@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk, 07970 551541

Pictures are available upon request.

Notes to Editors:

About The National Lottery Community Fund

We are the largest funder of community activity in the UK – we support people and communities to prosper and thrive. 

We’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and to work closely with Government to distribute vital grants and funding from key Government programmes and initiatives. 

Our funding has a positive impact and makes a difference to people’s lives. We support projects focussed on things that matter, including economic prosperity, employment, young people, mental health, loneliness and helping the UK reach net zero by 2050. 

Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.   

National Lottery players raise over £30 million each week for good causes throughout the UK. Since The National Lottery began in 1994, £43 billion has been raised for good causes. National Lottery funding has been used to support over 635,000 projects – 255 projects per postcode area.

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