MAKE TO MAKE is calling for your vote to secure £44,523.75 of National Lottery funding as part of The People's Projects.

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Our Project, TIES IN NOTTS, which is based in Nottingham and runs the free Lego Club and The Craft Cafe activities in the city, is one of five groups in The Central East region 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 TUESDAY 17TH APRIL, MAKE TO MAKE will showcase its project, TIES IN NOTTS on ITV regional news at 6pm.

To be in with a chance of winning, MAKE TO MAKE is calling on viewers to support its bid. Voting opens at 9am on Monday 16 April at

If successful, MAKE TO MAKE will use the grant to continue the TIES IN NOTTS events; we will put on LOADS more Lego Clubs and Craft Cafes throughout the city as well as celebration events and get-togethers for participants. The money would pay for staff, equipment and transport to be able to continue our great work.

Kim, managing director and project co-ordinator at MAKE TO MAKE and the TIES IN NOTTS Project says;

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“Everything we do is about bringing people together… Lego Club is a place for everyone but especially somewhere dads can feel comfortable to come and engage with their kids in a social environment.

The Craft Cafe, again, is for everyone but is especially important to the local women who come, who may not have many friends, family or support networks locally, we enable those connections to happen while also teaching practical skills.      

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 continue to make a real difference to our local communities with the work we do by allowing more people to access our free activities. Everyone is invited.

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**. To support TIES IN NOTTS and MAKE TO MAKE and for Ts & Cs please visit

About the Big Lottery Fund and The People’s Projects

**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. Please send your postal vote by last post Wednesday 25 April 2018. Postal votes must be received by noon on Monday 30 April 2018.

·      National Lottery players have raised more than £37 billion for good causes across in the UK in the form of 525,000 grants since 1994.

·      Each week, The National Lottery generates, on average, £30 million for National Lottery-funded projects – in total £37 billion has now been raised and more than 525,000 individual grants have been made across the UK, the biggest programme of civic and social regeneration since the 19th Century. The National Lottery has so far given away over £65 billion in prizes and created more than 4,750 millionaires or multi-millionaires since its launch in 1994.

·      For further information on The National Lottery and its games, please visit:

·      Players of all National Lottery games must be aged 16 or over.

·     The People’s Projects is a partnership between Big Lottery Fund, ITV, STV and the National Lottery which gives the public the chance to have a say in how National Lottery funding is spent in their community.

·     The People’s Projects funds projects that improve the lives of people and communities across the UK. 

·     This year 57 awards of up to £50,000 are up for grabs across the UK – three awards in each ITV region.

·     For more information on shortlisted groups and voting visit

·       Big Lottery Fund uses money raised by National Lottery players to help communities achieve their ambitions. From small, local projects to UK-wide initiatives, our funding brings people together to make a difference to their health, wellbeing and environment. Since June 2004 we have awarded £8.5 billion to projects that improve the lives of millions of people.

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