Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson hosted a meeting to give local town and parish councils the chance to find out how they can win with the lottery.
Labour leader of Maghull Town Council Cllr Caroline Esterson, chairman of Melling Parish Council Cllr Gerry Lee and Aintree Village Parish Council chairman Terry Baldwin joined Bill to meet head of Heritage Lottery Fund North West Sara Hilton.
Sara was in the constituency to speak to Bill about possible community group funding opportunities in East Sefton.
Bill said the meeting was an opportunity for the local town and parish councils to speak directly to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Bill said: "I'd like to thank Sara for coming along to speak to me and the leaders of the local town and parish councils.
"There are clearly opportunities for funding for community initiatives under the Heritage Lottery Fund. They can provide funding to help communities sustain and transform heritage sites. This includes parks and historic places.
"This could be particularly useful to our town and parish councils in East Sefton."
Following the meeting, Maghull Town Council's Labour leader Cllr Caroline Esterson said the Heritage Lottery Fund could be an alternative source of funding for schemes in Maghull, Melling and Aintree.
Cllr Esterson said: "The Heritage Lottery Fund can be used to fund projects in our communities.
"It was very interesting to talk to Sara and see exactly how we can apply for funding to support some of the work we do right here in Maghull.
“After speaking to Sara, we are now looking at how we can build on ideas we are already working on here in Maghull and develop new ideas related to connecting people to the heritage of the town.”