People in a Haringey neighbourhood can apply for up to £250 Lottery money for community projects – and sit down to eat together to find out more.

Noel Park has been chosen to be one of 150 areas around the UK to receive £1million as part of the Big Lottery Fund’s Big Local scheme.

The area is in the ‘getting started’ phase of the project, in which organisers find out more about the community and what people who live there want.

As part of this, people of all ages and any organisation can apply for up to £250 from the small grants fund for projects that benefit the community and promote Big Local.

Organisers will hold a free community meal for up to 80 people at Wood Green Salvation Army on May 10 from 12pm to 3pm. Noel Park Big Local are encouraging residents to come along and hear about Big Local and the small grants fund.

Noel Park Big Local 'motivator' Sam Tomlin, who lives in the area, said: “We hope the Small Grants Fund will help promote a sense of community in Noel Park as well as promoting the amazing opportunity that has come with Big Local, it's not every day you're given £1m!

“We want as many Noel Park residents as possible to have their say in how the money should be spent and if anyone is interested, do come to the community meal and get in touch via our website.”

Small grants applications already approved include baking classes and a community choir.

Once the ‘getting started’ phase is over, a steering group will decide how larger grants will be allocated.