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£150,000 of National Lottery funding up for grabs across ITV Border in The People's Projects

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The Peoples Projects
Release date:
12 4 2018

Five local community groups across ITV Border are set to compete for up to £50,000 of National Lottery funding each. The People’s Projects is giving these groups a chance to go head to head to compete in a public vote to help them make an extraordinary difference to their community.

For 13 years, the Big Lottery Fund, ITV and The National Lottery have teamed up to give the public a chance to decide where National Lottery money should go in their local area. The Big Lottery Fund distributes money raised by National Lottery players to communities across the UK.

Designed to celebrate some of the incredible projects the Big Lottery Fund has supported over the past year, 95 community-based groups are now shortlisted across the UK. In each region, the three with the most public votes will receive grants of up to £50,000. This will help them to continue their work to bring people together, build stronger communities and make a difference to people’s lives. The entire amount up for grabs across the UK is a life-changing £3 million.

Voting opens at 9am on Monday 16 April at www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk
ITV Border regional evening news will feature the projects at 6pm over five nights, starting on Monday 16 April when the Ageless Ambleside project by Ambleside Parish Centre will be featured. If successful, this community group will receive £31,058 to expand their Older People’s Services reach out to more isolated older people, set up a volunteer-run car lift and walking buddy service. They will also be able to run a programme of activities and expand their Games for Men Group.

On Tuesday it will be the turn of Bee Space- the beekeepers Community Apiary project by South of Scotland Beekeepers Association in Dumfries. They hope to receive £20,500 for a project to set up a dedicated apiary and learning space in Hollywood, near Dumfries, which will include a bee-friendly orchard, native hedges and flowerbeds.

Wednesday it will be the Recover, Reclaim, Rebuild project by Springfield Domestic Abuse Support in Kendal. They are competing for £50,000 to expand their existing service to deliver a wide ranging programme of activities to support women and men affected by domestic abuse. This will allow them to promote their services and employ more staff to support evening work, home visits and more activities for men.

Thursday’s programme will feature Stranraer Oyster Festival by Stranraer Development Trust, who hope to receive £49,566. This community group hope to use the funds to organise a three day festival in 2018 which celebrates the Loch Ryan Oyster harvest and locally caught seafood.  The festival will feature a series of workshops, demonstrations, children’s entertainment and a gala event.

The final project to be shown on Friday will be Wild about Wellbeing by Nature Unlimited C.I.C. in Galashiels.  If successful, they will receive £33,688 to expand their highly successful programme supporting young people with or at risk of developing mental health issues by delivering four programmes across the Scottish Borders. These will be designed to get them off their screens and out into nature.

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 Border this week. All you have to do to get involved is tune in and vote for your favourite project!”
Joe Ferns, UK Funding Director of the Big Lottery, said: “As the largest funder of community activity in the UK, we are proud to support grassroots groups that are using the vision, determination and drive of local people to strengthen communities. The People’s Projects showcases the best of these and is a chance for you to have your say on how National Lottery funding can benefit your local community.”

Since 2005, around £39 million has been awarded through the Big Lottery Fund, National Lottery and ITV/STV partnership to 865 Good Causes across the UK.

Voting closes at midday on Monday 30 April 2018 and the results will be announced Thursday 3 May 2018. People can vote once per region and will need an email address to vote*. To vote and for Ts & Cs please visit www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk

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About the Big Lottery Fund and The People’s Projects

*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 last post Wednesday 25 April 2018. Postal votes must be received by noon on Monday 30 April 2018.

  • National Lottery players have raised more than £37 billion for good causes across in the UK in the form of 525,000 grants since 1994.
  • Each week, The National Lottery generates, on average, £30 million for National Lottery-funded projects – in total £37 billion has now been raised and more than 525,000 individual grants have been made across the UK, the biggest programme of civic and social regeneration since the 19th Century. The National Lottery has so far given away over £65 billion in prizes and created more than 4,750 millionaires or multi-millionaires since its launch in 1994.
  • For further information on The National Lottery and its games, please visit:  www.national-lottery.co.uk
  • Players of all National Lottery games must be aged 16 or over.
  • The People’s Projects is a partnership between Big Lottery Fund, ITV, STV 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 initiative 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
  • Big Lottery Fund uses money raised by National Lottery players to help communities achieve their ambitions. From small, local projects to UK-wide initiatives, our funding brings people together to make a difference to their health, wellbeing and environment. Since June 2004 we have awarded £8.5 billion to projects that improve the lives of millions of people.