The Big Lottery Fund, ITV and The National Lottery have teamed up to give the Northern Ireland public the chance to decide how up to £150,000 of National Lottery funding will make a difference in their local area.
The Big Lottery Fund wanted to celebrate some of the incredible projects it has funded and has worked with UTV to shortlist five projects across Northern Ireland – including one in Tyrone.
The projects will compete for National Lottery funding to develop their work even further to improve the lives of people in their communities. The three with the most public votes will receive grants of up to £50,000. Voting is open from 9am on Monday 20 March at www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk until midday on Monday, April 3.
UTV Live will feature the projects at 6pm over five nights from Monday, March 20 to Friday, March 24. Everyday Harmony Music Therapy will feature on Friday, March 24. If it is successful, the group will receive £50,000 for its Harmony Hubs project which will use the funding to bring music therapy to more people by setting up treatment sessions in rural hubs including in Tyrone.
They will also buy instruments and raise awareness about the benefits of music therapy. The therapy improves communication, motor and social skills and increases emotional well-being for children and adults with learning and physical disabilities, mental health issues, acquired brain injuries or people who are receiving palliative care
The group will compete for votes against The Coast Office’s B.U.I.L.D project in Portballintrae, Co Antrim, Linking Generations NI with their Connecting Care Homes project based in Belfast, Down Right Brilliant Youth Club project by Newry & Mourne Downs Syndrome Support Group in Newry, and Via Wings’ Food for the Soul project in Dromore, Co Down.
Julie Harrison, Big Lottery Fund NI Chair, said: “We are proud to support projects like these every year that use the knowledge and ideas of local people to strengthen communities. The People’s Projects is a chance for you to decide how National Lottery funding can benefit your local community, so make sure you have your say on who you think should win!”
People can only vote once and will need an email address to vote*. To vote go to www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk
Since 2005, around £36 million has been awarded through the Big Lottery Fund, National Lottery and ITV partnership to 770 Good Causes across the UK.