One of last year's winners got a surprise when ITV News Central reporter, Michael Sibert, presented the Royal British Legion in Mickleover, Derby, with a cheque for £50,000. They wanted to build a multi-sports court that the whole community could use.
The Mary Stevens Hospice in Stourbridge was one of the winners in 2010.
They used their prize money to build a sensory garden to give a restful and secluded space for its patients and their family.
It is a project that was put together involving the local community and continues to benefit people living with serious illnesses at the most challenging time of their lives.
Since its launch nine years ago, The People’s Millions have awarded:
- £31million to 599 community projects
- 3.3 million votes cast by members of the public
- 76 awards this year, worth a total of £3.8million
- Each grant worth up to £50,000
The People's Millions is back and this year we've got another 4 big cheques worth up to £50,000 each to give away in both the West and East Midlands.
This year we are looking for applications from a whole range of organisations or community-based projects that will improve the lives of people in the local community.
You could be a Voluntary or Community Organisation, a School, a Local Authority, a Health Body, a branch of an Organisation or a Partnership.
You can enter any time between now and noon on May 16th by visiting The People's Millions website or calling 0845 0 10 11 12.
Each call to the application line costs up to a maximum of 3p per minute plus an additional 14p set up fee from a BT residential landline. Calls from other networks may be higher and from mobiles will be considerably more.
Entrants must be 18 or over. Lines close on Monday 16th May 2014 at midday. Calls made after the closing time will not be counted but may still be charged.
The people of North Kilworth in Leicestershire won £60k in 2011. They used the money to install solar panels on three community buildings and held a tree planting day where they planted 500 trees in the local nature reserve and in people's gardens.
Stuart Dainton from the village told ITV Central:
"It's been a fantastic project really from The People's Millions. It's really brought the community together.
We've got a legacy of income for the next 25 years, generating electricity, that'll give us money for the community on a whole raft of other projects. This would never have happened without The People's Millions, it's been a great project to get everybody galvanised."