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A £2 million National Lottery fund has opened to celebrate The National Lottery’s 25th Birthday. Called #CelebrateNationalLottery25, it is open to anyone with a great idea to make a difference in their local community.

The fund offers anyone the chance to win £1,000 to make their idea a reality. Showing that no individual or idea is too small to make a big difference in their community.

Jon Eastwood, senior head of Regional Funding at The National Lottery Community Fund, responsible for distributing around £12m a week to good causes, said:

“For 25 years The National Lottery has been helping communities to thrive in every corner of the UK – from inner cities to rural villages, and everywhere in between.

“That’s why the fund, #CelebrateNationalLottery25, is to say happy birthday and to empower anyone and everyone to make their idea for their community a reality.”

Thanks to National Lottery players, lives of ordinary people have already been transformed in the UK over the past quarter of a century.

It is hoped that the fund will boost community spirit across the UK and appeal to individuals who might not previously considered applying for National Lottery funding.

#CelebrateNationalLottery25 is open to applications from Saturday 23 November until 2pm Friday 6 December 2019.

Whether it’s a wheelchair lift for a dial-a-ride minivan, a set of events at your local library or even a llama visit to a primary school, The National Lottery wants to hear your great ideas.

Everyone who submits an application will be entered into the lottery draw. This will take place after the deadline closes. Applications will go through a checking process to ensure that the idea being funded is eligible and that the money will be used as intended.

A further £5.5 million will be released to grassroots community groups next year through The National Lottery Community Fund’s popular Awards For All scheme.

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