Big Lottery Fund marks royal anniversary with The Jubilee People's Millions

Public will choose which community groups will win a share of renamed £3.6m grant programme, which opens next year

Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II
The Big Lottery Fund will rebrand one of its grant-giving schemes to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee in 2012.

The Jubilee People’s Millions will run in place of The People’s Millions in 2011. It will award £3.6m to good causes that will run projects in time for the celebration year.

Community groups throughout the UK will be able to bid for one of 60 grants worth up to £60,000. The public will choose the winners from finalists featured on ITV regional news programmes.

The People’s Millions was launched in 2005 to give the public the chance to decide which local projects should receive lottery funding.

Buckingham Palace has given its backing to the move.

Organisations must submit their applications by 4 February, and a shortlist will be announced in early June. The public will then vote for their favourites between 27 and 30 June.

More details are available at www.biglotteryfund.org.uk or by calling 0845 10 20 30.

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