A hard-working community group, Butterflies Barnsley, is calling on local people to help them secure a share of National Lottery funding by voting for them in this year’s The People’s Projects.


Based in Barnsley, Butterflies Barnsley is one of five groups in Calendar North region in the running for a share of almost £250,000 of funding. If successful, Butterflies Barnsley will use the money to allow them to continue offering services for over 300 people in the Barnsley region over the next two years.


The People’s Projects not only delivers vital grants to the heart of UK communities, but also raises awareness of the incredible work of the 95 shortlisted community groups vying for your vote.  Back after a 3-year break, The National Lottery Community Fund, ITV, UTV and the Sunday Mail (in Scotland) have teamed up to give the public a chance to decide how National Lottery funding should be put to good use in their local area.


In each region, the three projects with the most public votes will receive grants of up to £70,000. This funding will help make a real difference to people’s lives, particularly in these difficult times. The runner’s up in each region will be offered up to £10,000 towards their project, bringing the total funding up for grabs for communities across the UK to over £4 million.


To be in with a chance of winning, Butterflies Barnsley is calling on viewers to support its bid. Voting opens at 9am on Monday 15 May at www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk


Butterflies Barnsley said: “The People’s Projects has given us an amazing opportunity to raise awareness and support for our work and, with your help we can secure this additional much-needed funding. If we win, our project will make a real difference to our local community by allowing us to continuing offering our services to over 300 people in the Barnsley Region. We now need local people to get behind us, to show their support and vote.”


David Knott, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “The People’s Projects delivers much-needed funding to the heart of communities and showcases the incredible efforts of hard-working projects across the UK. The short-listed groups are truly inspirational, each delivering life-changing support to their community in different ways. It is now time for the public to have their say in how vital National Lottery funding is used in their area to make a difference to people’s lives, particularly in these challenging times.”


The Since it started in 2005, People’s Projects has awarded around £45 million to over 1,000 good causes. 


Voting closes at noon on Friday 26 May 2023. People can vote only once per region and will need an email address or mobile number to vote*.To support Butterflies Barnsley and for Terms and Conditions please visit www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk


National Lottery players raise over £30 million each week across the UK for good causes.


Last year The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, awarded over half a billion pounds (£579.8m) of life-changing funding to communities across the UK, supporting over 14,500 projects. Over the last three years, its funding has reached every constituency and every local authority in the UK.  To find out more visit www.TNLCommunityFund.org.uk      


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