Fourteen groups from across Torbay will pitch for up to £10,000 in lottery loot each at a unique Dragon's Den-style night on Friday. The event at Endeavour House gives the audience a vote on which groups receive funding.
It has been organised by the Big Lottery Fund and Torbay Community Development Trust and is one of the first of its kind to be held by the fund in England. Heading the event will be a panel featuring Herald Express editor Jim Parker, Torbay MP Kevin Foster, Cllr Robert Excell and Matt Kelly from the Big Lottery Fund.
More than 30 applications were received from Torbay-based clubs, groups and not-for-profit organisations, and 14 have been shortlisted to pitch to an audience who will then choose which of the projects should receive National Lottery funding.
Groups pitching for funding are Carer's Aid Torbay, the Disabled Sailing Association, Grounded, Fort Apache, Totally Teenagers, Friends of Paignton Library, The Crafty Fox, So-Fly CIC, Play Torbay, Torbay Ladies Lounge, Friends of Torquay Library, Ellacombe Community Partnership, Torbay Bravo and Humanity Torbay.
Anyone wishing to attend the event, which begins at 5.30pm, must book a ticket as places are limited. Tickets are free and can be found on the Eventbrite site, or by contacting the Torbay Community Development Trust.
Community funding advisor Robin Causley said: "Pitch your Project is going to be a wonderful opportunity for the groups involved to tell the world about the good work they are doing in their local area. Torbay has many small groups who can be intimidated by traditional funding applications, this event allows them to potentially access much needed new funding with minimal paperwork involved in an informal and fun way. It will be exciting to see how it goes and who the audience pick!"