£60,000 lottery cash up for grabs

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PEOPLE are running out of time to enter a TV lottery competition and win £60,000.

Groups in Hartlepool and east Durham can enter a competition that could help them improve their communities in time for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee year next year.

The Jubilee People's Millions is a Big Lottery Fund scheme run in partnership with ITV and with the approval of Buckingham Palace.

Sixty grants are up for grabs across the UK from a 3.6m funding pot, with four awards being made in each of the 15 ITV regions.

The competition is open to groups with ideas for community-based projects that improve places or the lives of local people.

This summer, a shortlist of projects will be showcased on ITV regional news and the public will vote to decide which projects receive the funding.

The deadline for entries is February 4 and for details of how to apply, ring 0845 102030 or log onto www.biglotteryfund.org.uk