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The People’s Millions is all about communities

8 January 2014

Are you looking to do something positive to benefit your local area and the lives of those of those who live in it? Linda Quinn, Director of Communications at Big Lottery Fund, tells us why The People’s Millions really is all about communities.

What were your New Year’s Resolutions? Have you managed to stick to any of them? Here at the Big Lottery Fund we want to inspire you to make your New Year’s resolutions for 2014 about making a difference in your community and what better way is there than using National Lottery money through The People’s Millions.

Big Lottery Fund's Linda Quinn

Big Lottery Fund’s Linda Quinn

The People’s Millions is a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund and ITV, where the public helps decide which local community projects get up to £50,000 of Lottery funding.

The programme will launch in mid March and applying and winning the public vote is totally dependent on local communities getting involved and supporting their local projects.

This will be the ninth year that The People’s Millions is running and I have been involved in the programme since day one. I wanted to share with you the key thing I have learned over the years about what makes a good project great.

The People’s Millions is all about communities and this is your opportunity to apply for funding for a project that improves local places or the lives of people in communities.

The strongest tip I can give you is that a great project addresses a need in a community. This in turn inspires local people to get involved, volunteer and encourages others to volunteer support. There is no big secret – it really is about the people and the campaign. From skate parks to nature trails and community radio stations to outdoor gyms the possibilities are endless.

You don’t have to be a large organisation to get lots of votes. Over the years we’ve seen small community groups successfully engage their community – including the project that secured our biggest ever vote for a single project of over 60,000 votes. The campaign you run and the people you engage really makes a difference to the votes you receive.

Between now and March we hope to inspire you to develop a great project that will make a difference to your community. We’ll be putting the spotlight on some of the many projects we’ve funded over the last eight years, giving some advice about the application process and giving you top tips for generating public support.

Stay tuned to The People’s Millions website and follow us on Twitter @peoplesmillions.

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