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

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The Peoples Projects
Release date:
16 3 2017

Five projects across the STV East region 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, STV 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.

All five projects will be featured together in a special programme which will broadcast at 2pm on Monday 20 March across STV’s broadcasting area in the east of Scotland.

The STV East shortlisted projects are:

Digital Gold by Cre8te Opportunities Limited in Edinburgh. If successful, this community organisation will receive £43,101 to provide digital skills training and intensive ICT support to people aged 60 and over, targeting those who are particularly isolated. The project will give people an opportunity to learn how to use a range of communication and social media tools.

Engage - Disability Sport Project by Scottish Disability Sport in Edinburgh. If successful, this community organisation will receive £48,810 to support young people and adults with severe and complex disabilities to take part in a range of sports activities with their families. The project will deliver five National Disability Sport Engagement Days across Scotland, a residential summer camp and weekly boccia and swimming opportunities.

Hugs - help us gain through Self-Help by Central Arthritis Self-Help in Grangemouth. They are competing for £43,035 to provide a 40 week programme to support people with arthritis and help them achieve a better quality of life. This will include regular meetings for people to meet new people and share experiences, therapeutic trips, ideas and stories.

Inspire by Cutting Edge Theatre in Dunfermline, who hope to receive £48,880. This community group hope to use the funds to support young people with learning disabilities to boost their confidence and self-esteem, working towards a Certificate in Performing Arts. The project will produce a touring play about the challenges of living with Down’s syndrome and will also support young people to access theatre productions and backstage tours.

Table Tennis East Lothian by Haddington Table Tennis Club in Haddington. If successful, they will receive £49,957 to increase participation in table tennis in the local area, including schools, community centres and village halls.  The project will provide 68 additional tables across a wide range of venues, along with extra staff and volunteers to coach and co-ordinate activities aimed at schools, over 50s, and community clubs for people of all ages.

STV Presenter, David Farrell, said: “The People’s Projects can make a real difference to communities and lives across STV East thanks to National Lottery funding. We’re highlighting the incredible shortlisted projects and groups throughout the country this week and all you have to do is tune in to STV and vote online for your favourite project.”

Director for Scotland, Big Lottery Fund, Martin Cawley, said: “We are proud to support 12,000 projects every year and our National Lottery funding is used to run amazing projects led by local people. 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 Live at Five on Thursday 6 April 2017. People can vote once per region and will need an email address to vote*. To vote and for Terms and Conditions go to www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk.

Since 2005, around £36 million has been awarded through the Big Lottery Fund, National Lottery and 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.
  • STV is Scotland’s leading digital media brand, providing consumers with quality content on air, online and on demand.
  • STV also delivers city TV for Scotland’s largest cities. STV Glasgow launched in June 2014 and STV Edinburgh launched in January 2015.  Both channels are available on Freeview channel 8 and, Sky channel 117 and Virgin channel 159 and, combined, reach 800,000 viewers each month making them one of the top best watched digital channels in the broadcast area.
  • STV’s existing city TV channels will soon be rebranded and combined with three new licenses for Aberdeen, Ayr and Dundee under one distinct brand, STV2.