Queen’s Park Community Organisation needs your vote for £70k National Lottery funding

Queen's Park Community Organisation is asking Bedfordians to help them secure £70,000 for their Back to our Roots project.
Queen's Park Community Organisation is asking Bedfordians to help them secure £70,000 for their Back to our Roots project.

A community charity in Queen’s Park, Bedford, is in with the chance to win £70,000 of National Lottery funding as part of ITV’s People’s Project.

Queen’s Park Community Organisation (QPCO) is one of five groups in the running for a share of almost a quarter of a million pounds of funding, but they need Bedfordians to get involved and vote for them.

A film, entitled ‘Back to our Roots’ will be screened on ITV regional news at 6pm on Monday, 15 May, showcasing the incredible work that the grassroots charity does.

Voting will then open at thepeoplesprojects.org.uk, so don’t miss the chance to have your say on which community project could get life-changing National Lottery funding.

The People’s Project, which is helping to bring people from all cultures and backgrounds together says the funding will give the winning charity a chance to run workshops in schools and community spaces to celebrate similarities and differences in our cultures.

They’ll be able to share history and traditions and help people to learn more about the many diverse communities.

In each region, the three projects with the most public votes will receive grants of up to £70,000.

Eric Masih, Chair of Trustee of QPCO said: ‘The People’s Projects has given us an amazing opportunity to raise awareness and support for our work. With your help, we can secure this additional much-needed funding. If we win, our project will make a real difference to our local community…”

The charity says this will then:

  • Help communities prepare workshops to deliver in schools covering heritage, food, music, languages, traditions and much more.
  • Empower young people to be proud of their heritage and take part.
  • Deliver new festivals in Bedford from marginalised communities who can struggle to find platforms to be heard.
  • Employ a full-time member of staff to coordinate the project.

“We now need local people to get behind us, to show their support and vote,” added Eric.

Runners-up in each region will be offered up to £10,000 towards their project, bringing the total funding up for grabs for communities across the UK to over £4 million.

Since it started in 2025, The People’s Project has awarded around 345 million to over 1,000 good causes.

Voting closes at noon on Friday 26 th May 2023. People can vote only once per region and will end need an email address or mobile number to vote.

National Lottery players raise over £30 million each week across the UK for good causes. Last year the National Lottery Community Fund awarded over half a billion pounds (£579.8m) to communities across the UK.