Headlines: October 19th, 2006



A number of local authorities, ranging from big cities to parish councils, are among organisations who have been told they are in the running to win a 50,000 pound Big Lottery Fund award in the People’s Millions contest. In all, 131 projects have been shortlisted across a number of regions.

Under the scheme, which will be highlighted on ITV in the near future, 84 awards will be made to distribute up to 4.2 million pounds in Lottery funding in a competition in which television viewers will decide just who gets the money. Two schemes from each region will be featured each evening between November 13th and 16th. This is the second year that the competition has taken place. Last year 53 projects shared more than 2.6 million pounds.

In the Central East region, for example, the imvolvement of local councils is shown by Uppingham Town Council which has been shortlisted for a green burial site while at the other extreme Leicester City Council could get support for a community green space scheme in the Braunstone area. In the same region Nottinghamshire County Council is seeking money for a pond saver project. In all, 20 councils are on the shortlist, as well as a number of schools and the NHS hospital trust in East Lancashire, which wants to refurbish a multi-sensory room.

Sir Clive Booth, Chair of the Big Lottery Fund said, “Previous voting saw some fantastic projects receiving funding. Many of these are already up and running and proving to be valuable assets in their communities.”