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What could £50,000 do for your Community?

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 17, 2014

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This is the question being asked to communities across the UK as the Big Lottery Fund launches The People’s Millions in partnership with ITV.

Everyday someone comes up with a great idea to make their community a better place but all too often those ideas never take form – lacking the money and support to turn the dream into a reality.

The People’s Millions could change that and best of all, the decision will not be made by a committee behind closed doors but the public will help decide the winners.

If you feel passionate about making a difference in your community and have an idea that just won’t go away, the Big Lottery Fund wants to hear from you.

The competition opens today for entries from voluntary and community groups, local authorities, schools, statutory health bodies and branches of organisations or partnerships.

Anything from youth and environmental projects to schemes that improve employment prospects or help people in need are in with a chance of bagging the Big Lottery Fund cash, provided that entrants can convince their community through a broadcast on ITV regional news that their idea is worthy of the prize.

The People’s Millions is an annual TV competition run by Big Lottery Fund and ITV which awards National Lottery funding to community projects that will improve the lives of local people.

This year there are four awards of up to £50,000 on offer in each of the 19 ITV regional news areas across the UK.

Peter Ainsworth, Chair of Big Lottery Fund said: “The People’s Millions has had such a positive impact on the lives of so many people across the UK. This year we are looking for ideas and projects which are new, inspired and have the ability to make lives better I urge anyone who has a great idea and wants to make a difference in their community to download a form today.”

Adam Crozier, ITV Chief Executive said: "This year The People's Millions is giving away almost £4 million to improve the lives of people in their communities. These exciting projects, which will be featured on ITV news programmes throughout the country, can make a real difference not just to the winners but to the people they live and work with every day."

So far 599 projects have received over £31 million of National Lottery funding over the last nine years and any of these projects can tell you that it is a great way to make a difference locally.

Entry packs are available at www.peoplesmillions.org.uk, and the deadline for completed entries is 12 noon on Monday 16 May 2014.

This year The People’s Millions is offering a total of £3.8 million to 76 projects across the UK.

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