About The People's Projects

Since 2005, the partnership between The National Lottery Community Fund, The National Lottery, ITV and STV has given the public a say in how funding should be put to good use in their local area.

The People’s Projects has awarded around £42 million to 960 good causes across the UK since it started in 2005.

How to vote*

Step 1 – find a project to vote for

Select a region on our map or list, by entering your postcode, or allow us to use your current location*.

You can vote in more than one region but you can only vote for one project per region. If you want to vote in more than one region you will have to place all your votes at the same time.

Step 2 – click on a project in your chosen region

Watch the films to find out more about the projects and choose one to vote for within that region. The project you select will then be added to your basket. A bit like online shopping!

Step 3 – vote now

Once you have chosen a project, submit your vote or browse other regions to vote for projects in a different region. Every time you select a project to vote for in a different region, it will be added to your basket.

When submitting your vote, we ask for your name, email address or mobile phone number and postcode. 

All votes must be verified. We need to verify that all our voters are real people and this is the easiest way to ensure that is the case.

You can choose for this to be either by mobile phone number or email address. If you wish to verify your vote(s) via a mobile phone you will be sent a text message containing a verification code. You will need to enter this code in the box specified on the voting page. In order for your vote to be counted, please make sure you submit the verification code before leaving the website.

If you choose to verify your vote(s) via email then you will be emailed a link that you need to click on to verify your vote. Please click this link. If you think the link has not been sent please remember to check your junk/spam folder. You will not need to go back on to The People’s Projects website to do this. If you do not verify your vote it will not be counted.

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*Please note that the map and postcode finder are only an approximate guide and there is no guarantee you will be given your local ITV or STV region. If you can't find the project or region you want, please go to the list of regions.

How the grants will be awarded

The People’s Projects is an opportunity for you to have your say in where National Lottery funding goes in your community.

In September 2018 The National Lottery Community Fund invited projects that have received funding through its small grants programme to say what they had achieved and how they would like to develop their project or work further.

The National Lottery Community Fund, ITV and STV shortlisted five projects in each region to go forward to the public vote and now we want you to decide which projects you would like to see receive National Lottery funding. The three projects that receive the most votes in each region will receive up to £50,000. The runners up will be offered a discretionary award of up to £5,000.

About the partners

The National Lottery Community Fund
The National Lottery Community Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK, giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players to good causes.

The National Lottery Community Fund uses National Lottery funding to help communities achieve their ambitions. From small, local projects to UK-wide initiatives, its funding brings people together to make a difference to their health, wellbeing and environment. Since June 2004 it has awarded £8.5 billion to projects that improve the lives of millions of people. If you would like to find out more about funding please go to The National Lottery Community Fund website or call its Advice Line on 0345 4 10 20 30.


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The National Lottery 
Around £30 million is raised every week for good causes and over half a million projects have now been funded. For every game played, a proportion goes to funding projects big and small across the nation, through 12 specialist organisations who distribute this money to projects supporting communities, arts, sport and heritage. Find out more about these organisations.

How to apply for funding
You can use Lottery funding finder to help you find which organisation you should apply to. Or if you prefer, you can call the funding helpline on 0845 275 0000. The National Lottery funding distributors are always looking out for brilliant projects that help make the nation a better place – so get thinking!