Public to vote on lottery charities

Lottery players in Leicester and Plymouth are now able to vote for local projects to receive grants as part of a Big Lottery Fund pilot scheme.

Players can select projects from a shortlist of four to receive a grant of up to £50,000 by placing a cross next to their favourite on a voting slip at their National Lottery retailer. The 'your pound, your choice' scheme is running in both cities until the end of this month. It is the first time people have been able to indicate which good cause should benefit.

Projects bidding in Leicester include a community play area. Plymouth good causes include a memorial garden.

Lord Best is to join the board of Hanover Housing Group, which provides housing for older people, with a view to becoming chairman after the organisation's September AGM. He will remain director of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation until the end of the year.

The ninth round of the Invest to Save Inclusive Communities Budget has been launched. Up to £13.5m is available for partnerships between third sector bodies and local authorities.

Projects that develop the sector's role in service delivery are encouraged to apply.

Hallmark Cards is to donate £225,000 to Breast Cancer Campaign as part of a partnership. The link-up does not include Breast Cancer Care, as suggested in Third Sector's 2 August issue.

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