The People’s Projects vote is open with £150,000 to be won across Northern Ireland

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 Big 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. The projects are competing 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 until midday on Sunday 13 March at The results will be announced on the UTV evening news at 6pm on Wednesday 16 March.

The five projects are:

The People's Projects, a partnership with Big Lottery Fund, The National Lottery and ITV. Vote Now, Choose which project you would like to receive £50,000 of National Lottery funding. #peoplesprojects

The Connecting Caring project by Positive Futures. The group is bidding to win £49,980 to support carers of people with disabilities in Lisburn, Bangor and the surroundings areas including carers aged over 80.

The LILAC House project in Belfast by Autonomie. The group hope to receive £50,000 to provide support and activities for children and young adults with disabilities from their LILAC House centre in south Belfast.

The New Multi-Sensory Equipment project by Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, who want £50,000 to make improvements to the multi-sensory room in their centre to better support children with life limiting conditions and their families from across Northern Ireland.

The Our World project by MAC (NI) in Rostrevor, Co Down.  They are competing to win £49,155 so they can run educational and outdoor activities to support children and young people with autism spectrum disorders aged between four and 16 and their families.

The Recipe for Success project by Foyle Down Syndrome Trust in Derry/Londonderry. If it is successful the group will receive £49,710 to work with 20 young people aged 16-30 with learning disabilities in the Derry/Londonderry area to deliver a 36 week cookery course and other activities.

UTV evening news is featuring all the projects over the voting period, and you can also watch all the projects’ films at

Joanne McDowell, Big Lottery Fund NI Director, said: ““The People’s Projects competition is a brilliant opportunity for people to have a say in how National Lottery money is spent in their communities. Voters will have some difficult choices to make in deciding which of the five excellent projects will get their support. But most importantly, the end result will benefit people and communities most in need.”

Voting closes at midday on Sunday 13 March 2016. People can only vote once per region and will need an email address to vote. * To vote and for full terms and conditions go to

*People without email addresses can vote by post by sending a postcard to ‘Freepost THE PEOPLE’S PROJECTS’. To be counted, the following details must be written on the postcard: name, address, telephone number and the name of the project voted for. Postal votes must be received by 12pm on Sunday 13 March 2016.

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