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£150,000 of National Lottery funding up for grabs across the Granada ITV region in the People’s Projects

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The Peoples Projects
Release date:
16 3 2017

Five projects across ITV Granada have been chosen to compete in a public vote for up to £50,000 of National Lottery funding to support their local communities.

The Big Lottery Fund, ITV and The National Lottery have teamed up to give the public the chance to decide how £3 million of National Lottery funding can make a difference in their area.

The People’s Projects is an opportunity to celebrate some of the incredible projects the Big Lottery Fund has supported over the past year. With 95 shortlisted across the UK, the public can now decide which groups should win up to £50,000 to develop their project further.

The three projects with the most public votes in each region will receive grants of up to £50,000. Voting opens at 9am on Monday 20 March at www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk

ITV Granada regional evening news will feature the projects at 6pm over five nights, starting on Monday 20 March when the Little Sandbox, Big Sandbox project by Sandbox Digital Ltd in Bootle will be featured. If successful, this community organisation will receive £47,456 to create a community space to help people explore technology, develop skills and be creative. It will expand activities so adults can use the space to make, fix and repurpose items, while improving their social and tech skills to help with future employment opportunities. A programme to assess children’s progress and achievements so parents can better support their learning will also be developed.

On Tuesday it will be the turn of Music Matters: Inspiring Children and Young People at Alder Hey by Alder Hey Children’s Charity in Liverpool. They hope to receive £49,748 for a project to offer music workshops and performances for young patients at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. They will have the opportunity to join in ward-based workshops and live performances, which will have a positive impact on their wellbeing and recovery, and offer a distraction from illness and a calm atmosphere. People will be able to express themselves creatively, enjoy positive experiences and learn new skills.

Wednesday it will be the Open for All project by Sliding Doors in Blackburn. They are competing for £49,700 to offer social activities for people with disabilities and older people who are lonely and isolated. They will set up a community hub offering various events including a weekly tea dance night out, and a mobile afternoon tea for people living in residential and sheltered housing. This will bring people together, help them stay active and reduce loneliness and isolation.

Thursday’s programme will feature Pantry Pedal Power by Your Local Pantry in Stockport who hope to receive £26,538. This community group hope to use the funds to offer training in the retail industry to long-term unemployed people to develop the skills, experience and confidence to get back into work. The project will also set up a bicycle delivery service to make affordable groceries available to people who are disabled and housebound. This will help reduce social isolation and connect people with additional support, while reducing food bills of people who are struggling financially.

The final project to be shown on Friday will be Sphere Project by Drop Zone Youth Projects in Barrow-in-Furness. If successful, they will receive £38,100 to offer youth work sessions to educate young people on issues that affect them. The project will work with agencies to deliver interactive sessions on subjects such as sexual health, physical health, healthy eating and emotional wellbeing. This will give young people the knowledge to make healthy lifestyle choices, and get them involved in activities that promote health and wellbeing.

ITV’s Good Morning Britain Political Editor and presenter, Ranvir Singh, said: “The People’s Projects is an exciting opportunity for you to make a real difference to your community. We are showcasing some fantastic shortlisted projects across ITV Granada this week. All you have to do to get involved is tune in and vote for your favourite project!”

Dawn Austwick, Big Lottery Fund Chief Executive, said: “We are proud to support 12,000 projects every year that use the knowledge and ideas of local people to strengthen communities. The People’s Projects is a chance for you to decide how National Lottery funding can benefit your local community, so make sure you have your say on who you think should win!”

Voting closes at noon on Monday 3 April 2017 and the results will be announced on Thursday 6 April 2017. People can vote once per region and will need an email address to vote*. To vote and for T&Cs go to www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk

Since 2005, around £36 million has been awarded through the Big Lottery Fund, National Lottery and ITV/STV partnership to 770 Good Causes across the UK.

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Notes to Editors:

*People without email addresses can vote by post by sending a postcard to ‘Freepost THE PEOPLE’S PROJECTS’. To be counted, the following details must be written on the postcard: name, address, telephone number and the name of the project voted for. Please send your postal vote by Wednesday 29 March 2017. Postal votes must be received by noon on Monday 3rd April 2017.

  • The National Lottery was created in 1994 with the ambition of changing lives across the nation. To date, over 4,400 new millionaires have been created and over £36 billion has been raised for Good Cause projects.
  • Every time you play The National Lottery, you are making a difference, by contributing towards the staggering £30 million raised every week, for good causes. Every part of the UK is reached, over 500,000 projects have been funded, averaging 160 projects per postcode. These projects help to build local communities, power sports teams, save the environment, unleash creative talent, empower the elderly, unlock young potential and help change our nation for the better.
  • The People’s Projects is a partnership between Big Lottery Fund, ITV and the National Lottery which gives the public the chance to have a say in how National Lottery funding is spent in their community.
  • The competition funds projects that improve the lives of people and communities across the UK.
  • This year 57 awards of up to £50,000 are up for grabs across the UK – three awards in each ITV region.
  • For more information on shortlisted groups and voting visit www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk.
  • The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. We put people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects.
  • We are responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Every year we invest over £650 million and award around 12,000 grants across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
  • Since June 2004 we have awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people.