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

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The Peoples Projects
Release date:
16 3 2017

Five projects across the STV West 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 west of Scotland.

The STV West shortlisted projects are:
Children’s Wood Community Outdoor Hub Development Project by The Children’s Wood in Glasgow. They hope to receive £50,000 to offer a series of forest school sessions to local children as well as outdoor training sessions for teachers and a range of afterschool and summer holiday clubs.

Chris’s House – The Living Room by Chris’s House in Wishaw. They are competing for £50,000 to provide peer support, intervention and assistance to people who are suicidal. The project will provide a community hub that will create opportunities for interactions and connections to be made with other people, groups and services.

INVIGOR8 by Ayrshire Communities Education and Sport (ACES) in Kilwinning, who hope to receive £49,956. This community group hope to use the funds to provide various services for the community including welfare benefits advice, job coaching, a lunch club for senior citizens and a summer club for school children.

Rape Crisis Survivors' Trauma Recovery Groupwork Project by Rape Crisis Centre in Glasgow. If successful, this community organisation will receive £44,391 to expand their work programme for women from black and minority ethnic communities, including women who have experienced genital mutilation. They will also extend their support services to partners and family members.

Stride by Paragon Music in Glasgow are hoping to receive £48,960 to deliver a range of inclusive music and performance activities to disabled young people.  The project will establish a mentoring programme for up to 20 young people and provide training and employment opportunities. This will support them during their transition from children’s to adult services and help improve their mental and physical health.

STV Presenter, David Farrell, said: “The People’s Projects can make a real difference to communities and lives across STV West 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 STV 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.