Charities and community groups in Clydebank and north-west Glasgow are being encouraged to apply for up to £20,000.

A pot of more than £3million has been raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

A wide range of community organisations, from registered charities to community groups and social enterprises, can apply for grants of between £500 and £20,000 each.

Applications are accepted from July 31 until August 14.

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More than 300 groups were awarded grants earlier this year, including sports groups for military veterans, counselling support services for young carers, and sensory gardens for people with dementia.

Laura Chow of the People’s Postcode Lottery said: “It’s not just players who win with People’s Postcode Lottery - more then £3m in grants will have a tremendous impact on the fantastic work that grassroots groups are doing in communities across Britain.”

“There is scope for a huge array of projects to benefit and I would urge all groups to look at the funding guides and apply.”

Funding is available for projects focussed on specific themes including promoting human rights, combatting discrimination and the prevention of poverty.

Glasgow Anniesland MSP Bill Kidd urged local groups to apply.

He said: “There are countless organisations doing fantastic work all across Glasgow Anniesland. 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.”