Charity and Voluntary Sector
BIG: The People’s Millions TV contest returns to our TV screens as community groups across the UK are once again being invited to apply to win a slice of Lottery cash to improve their local area. This year the contest will make 69 awards of up to £50,000 across the 14 ITV regions to community projects that will enhance local facilities or help people to enjoy their local area.
A shortlist of projects in each region will be showcased on ITV’s local news programmes in the autumn where they will have to convince ITV viewers that they deserve the cash. It will then be up to the public to use their vote each night to decide which groups win the funding.
Entry packs for The People’s Millions are available by calling the hotline: 08450 10 11 12 or by visiting the website. The deadline for applications is 15 May 2009.
BIG: A scheme working across three English regions supporting disabled victims of crime is amongst 20 projects sharing in £5.5m from the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme. The Voice UK project is joined by The Leeds Animation Workshop, which has also been awarded funding to produce a DVD to raise awareness on relationships and sexual health amongst people with learning difficulties.
Voice UK has been awarded £180,258 for its Regional Vulnerable Victim Support and Safety Awareness project. Working in the West Midlands, Greater Manchester and Devon and Cornwall, the two-year project will help equip disabled people with skills to cope with bullying and the support to work through the criminal justice system where they are often not treated as credible witnesses.