DEBSS wants your vote to win £50,000 of National Lottery funding

DEBSS wants your vote to win £50,000 of National Lottery funding

DEBSS wants your vote to win £50,000 of National Lottery funding
  • Your vote could see local group named a winner in this year’s The People’s Projects – make sure you have your say
  • General public gets to decide which community projects get National Lottery funding support
  • Film of The DEBSS Project will be aired on ITV and viewers can vote on this year’s worthy winner.

A local community group in Bournemouth is calling for your vote to secure £50,000 of National Lottery funding as part of this year’s People’s Projects. The DEBSS Project, which is based in Bournemouth and which supports disabled people explore self-employment, is one of five groups in Meridian West in the running for a share of up to £150,000 of funding.

Now in its 13th year, the Big Lottery Fund, ITV and The National Lottery are teaming up to give the public a chance to decide how National Lottery funding should be put to good use in their local area.
Designed to celebrate some of the incredible projects the Big Lottery Fund has supported over the past year, 95 community-based schemes are now shortlisted across the UK. In each region, the three with the most public votes will receive grants of up to £50,000. This will help them to continue their work to improve local people’s lives. The entire amount up for grabs across the UK is a life-changing £3 million.

On Monday 16th of April, the SAMEE Charity will showcase its project, DEBSS on Meridien West ITV regional news at 6pm. To be in with a chance of winning, The SAMEE Charity is calling on viewers to support its bid. Voting opens at 9am on Monday 16 April at
If successful, DEBSS will use the grant to help more disabled people take control of their lives by starting their own business.

Sam Cockcroft-Oliver, Chief Executive said: “This is an exciting opportunity to raise awareness and support for our work and, with your help, to secure further much-needed funding. We urge local people to get behind us. If successful, our project will make a real difference to our local community by helping many more disabled people gain independence.”

Joe Ferns, UK Funding Director of the Big Lottery Fund, said: “As the largest funder of community activity in the UK, we are proud to support grassroots groups that are using the vision, determination and drive of local people to strengthen communities. The People’s Projects showcases the best of these and is a chance for you to have your say on how National Lottery funding can benefit your local community.”

Since 2005, around £39 million has been awarded through the Big Lottery Fund, National Lottery and ITV/STV partnership to 865 Good Causes across the UK.

Voting closes at midday on Monday 30 April 2018. People can vote once per region and will need an email address to vote**.

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