A local community group in Grimsby is calling for your vote to run a project to provide a holiday club for the local children

The project is one of five groups competing in South Yorkshire for £50,000 of National Lottery funding in the People’s Projects competition. Voting opens at 9am on Monday 20th March at

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.

The Liber Community Group CIC is calling on the viewers’ support, with the public voting online to decide who wins the prize. On 24th March they will showcase their project, (Buffalo Bills Holiday Club) on Calendar at 6pm. They hope to use the funds to run a yearlong holiday club for the local children in the East Marsh area of Grimsby.

Jo Barnes, Director of The Liber Community Group CIC, which is a non-profit making organisation said: The Buffalo Bill Holiday Club would be a free club open to local children, including those with a disability and would offer a timetable of various planned activities focussed on education and leisure activities, includes arts and drama and sports throughout the 13 weeks of annual school holidays.  We believe that the Buffalo Bills Holiday Club will make a significant difference to the lives of children aged 8-14 in one of the most deprived communities in England.  As well as children directly benefitting from the range of activities on offer and the learning that will potentially bring, they will be able to further develop their social skills through mixing with children outside their normal peer group.

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 Buffalo Bills Holiday Club please visit

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.

For enquiries, please contact

Jo Barnes on 01472 322426 or via

Notes to Editors:

The liber group was formed in 2015 to bring a former derelict council building to life in the form of a community hub, replicating the success of the Humberston community hub, known as The Gingerbread House.  The aims and objectives of the company are to provide a relevant book loaning service, job opportunities and stimulate the local community.

 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 29 March 2017. Postal votes must be received by noon on Monday 3rd April 2017.

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