The project is one of five groups competing in ITV Granada for up to £50,000 of National Lottery funding in the People’s Projects competition. Voting opens at 9am on Monday 20 March at www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk
The Big Lottery Fund, ITV and The National Lottery have teamed up to give the UK public the chance to decide how £3 million of National Lottery funding will make a difference in their local area. The three projects with the most public votes will receive grants of up to £50,000 to help them develop their work even further to improve the lives of people in their communities.
Your Local Pantry, which is operated through Stockport Homes, is calling on the viewers’ support, with the public voting online to decide who wins the prize. On Thursday 23 March Your Local Pantry will showcase their project Pantry Pedal Power on ITV Granada at 6pm. They hope to use the funds to introduce a bicycle delivery service for people who can’t get out of the house to visit a Pantry, or find it difficult to carry home heavy shopping due to disabilities or poor health.
Anna Jones, Food Sharing Officer, Your Local Pantry said: “We are so excited to be on the shortlist for this year’s The People’s Projects. Winning this funding would have a huge impact on the local community. Pantry Pedal Power will deliver support in three very different ways: providing a source of reliable, affordable and good quality food, offering work experience and training for those struggling to find work and running a delivery service for people who can’t get out of the house to visit a Pantry. We are looking forward to getting out and about campaigning for votes over the next couple of weeks.”
Dawn Austwick, Big Lottery Fund Chief Executive, said: “We are proud to support 12,000 projects 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!”
The People’s Projects is an opportunity to celebrate some of the incredible projects the Big Lottery Fund has supported over the past year. With 95 shortlisted across the UK, the public can now decide which groups should win up to £50,000 develop their project further.
Voting closes at noon on Monday 3 April 2017. People can vote once per region and will need an email address to vote*. To support the Pantry Pedal Power project please visit www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk
Since 2005, around £36 million has been awarded through the Big Lottery Fund, National Lottery and ITV/STV partnership to 770 Good Causes across the UK.