The People's Millions is launching next month.
It has four grants of up to £50,000 to award to projects that improve the lives of local people in the Tyne Tees region, so now is the time to start thinking if you have an idea you believe could be a contender.
But what projects are we looking for? What are the keys to success?. David Wood has been investigating and speaking to Brainy Dogs project - a winner in 2011.