£50k Lottery funding is up for grabs NOW!

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People in the Ballymoney and Moyle area have the chance to win £50,000 in Lottery funding to transform lives in their communities.

The Big Lottery Fund and UTV have launched the ninth year of The People’s Millions competition, with groups being asked to come up with projects that will capture the public’s imagination and inspire local people to make a lasting difference in their area.

This year there are four awards of up to £50,000 on offer in Northern Ireland.

Organisations have until noon on 16 May 2014 to enter the competition. UTV viewers will be able to vote on which local community projects they want to win the Lottery good cause funding when the on-air contest hits TV screens in November.

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 is now open for entries from voluntary and community groups, councils, schools, statutory health bodies and branches of organisations or partnerships.

Since the People’s Millions launched in 2005, the Big Lottery Fund in Northern Ireland has given out grants worth a total of £1,927,058 to 35 projects across Northern Ireland.

Cloughmills Community Action Team’s Happiness Project - Peas and Love has reinvigorated the whole community since it won the People’s Millions in 2011.

Patrick Frew from the project said their dream was to bring people together to create a more sustainable community. “The Happiness Project has taken a big leap forward for us. It has really spring-boarded us into doing a whole lot of different activities, which are all around trying to be more sustainable and making people happier,” he said.

The group used the grant to turn woodland and derelict space in Cloughmills village into a vibrant Incredible Edible Cloughmills – an area where local people come together to grow fruit and vegetables, cook their produce and host community events. The project also runs programmes encouraging the local community to come together to look after the environment and involves people with mental ill health, adults with learning disabilities and young people.

Entry packs available at www.peoplesmillions.org.uk. Deadline noon on 16 May.