LOTTERY funding awarded to Flintshire projects since 1995 falls well below the national average, it has been revealed.
Research by the Industrial Communities Alliance shows communities across the UK received an average £399 per head in lottery grants between 1995 and 2011.
But funding levels for Flintshire over the same period averaged about half that figure.
Alyn and Deeside AM Carl Sargeant said he was shocked by the findings.
“In Flintshire, between 1995 and 2011, the value of lottery awards per head has been under £200,” he said.
“In stark contrast large cities across the UK have received more than twice as much funding, with Manchester receiving more than £1,200 per head.”
The Industrial Communities Alliance represents about 60 local authorities including Flintshire Council.
It is now calling on those responsible for lottery funding to explain the inequalities and to provide more help to disadvantaged areas.
Mr Sargeant said: “In the current climate, welfare reforms alongside brutal cuts mean sources of much needed funding or assistance are being reduced or diminished.
“Lottery funding could be a way many of our most vulnerable communities could provide much needed services.
“Unfortunately, some of our most vulnerable communities are being forgotten as money has gone to art galleries, museums, opera houses and other prestige projects, mostly in big cities.
“The poor have suffered tremendously from the financial disasters of recent years and we must do all we can to ensure this suffering is not compounded by systematic failures such as this.”
Research looked at funding levels awarded to 19 councils in traditional industrial areas and compared the figures to grants received in seven major cities.
Industrial Communities Alliance national chairman Eion Watts said: “Spending cuts often mean local facilities are under threat. This is lottery money our communities cannot afford to lose. We are calling on the government and lottery boards to take action to ensure all communities have a fair chance to get lottery money.”