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£150,000 of National Lottery funding has been won after a public vote across ITV Wales

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The Peoples Projects
Release date:
3 5 2018

Three community groups across ITV Wales have each won up to £50,000 of National Lottery funding to make an extraordinary difference to their local communities.

3D Kids, Cardiff People First and The Trinity Project, won the most public votes in The People’s Projects, which saw five community groups within the region compete for a slice of £150,000. This new funding will help them to continue their work to bring people together, build stronger communities and make a difference to people’s lives.

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 groups across the UK were shortlisted, with five groups going head to head in each region. The entire amount that was for grabs across the UK was a life-changing £3 million.

The three community groups that received the most public votes in ITV Wales are:

Happy Holidays by 3D Kids, in Anglesey, which received £49,300 to work with young people with severe disabilities and their families that live in rural and isolated communities in Anglesey. The project will buy an adaptive caravan to be able to transport young people with mobility difficulties. They will also support them and their families by organising day trips, community coffee mornings, and discos that will improve people's confidence and to increase social cohesion.

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Cardiff People First, in Cardiff, which was awarded £36,412 to support people with learning disabilities to take part in walks within the Brecon Beacons, and across Wales, which will make them both fitter and more confident. They will also hold trips for people with mobility difficulties.

Global Gardens by The Trinity Project in Cardiff, which got a grant of £49,241 to promote intercultural communication at their allotment site in Cardiff through gardening, cooking and eating bringing together refugees, asylum seekers and the wider community, and supporting the health and wellbeing of the participants. They will also build a toilet on the site so that they can make it more accessible for people to take part.

Joe Ferns, UK Funding Director of the Big Lottery Fund, said: “The People’s Projects highlights the incredible things people and communities are doing across the UK. From rural villages to towns and cities, local people are working together to help each other lead happier and healthier lives. We’re really excited to see this year’s winners using National Lottery funding to take their projects further, bringing more people together to make a life changing difference in their local area.”

Since 2005, around £42 million has been awarded through the Big Lottery Fund, National Lottery and ITV partnership to 960 Good Causes across the UK.

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About the Big Lottery Fund and The People’s Projects

  • 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 competition funds projects that improve the lives of people and communities across the UK.
  • This year 57 awards of up to £50,000 were 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.