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Funding boost for Northern Ireland groups from Awards for All

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Northern Ireland
Awards for All Northern Ireland
Release date:
20 4 2017

School children, parents and older people are among those celebrating today after receiving National Lottery funding.

A total of 82 groups across Northern Ireland are sharing in £705,223 from Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme. (See a full list of awards)

Rath Mor 50+ group provides activities to older people living in the Rathmore area of Derry/Londonderry. They have been awarded a £10,000 grant to organise a range of activities for the coming year to improve their health and well-being.

Families First in Belfast has also been awarded a £5,340 grant to run a six week parenting course. This will help parents develop good parenting skills and will be delivered in nurseries or primary schools.

St Patrick’s Primary School in Derrynaseer, Craigavon has received a £9,969 grant to buy iPads, a screen and projector and a wireless internet access point. This will allow pupils to take part in extra-curricular digital media projects, including documenting a local archaeological dig which will then be shared with the wider community.

Also receiving funding is Rathlane Farm, in Ballinderry, which uses farming practices for therapeutic, vocational, educational and training purposes. Their £7,667 grant is being used to provide polythene tunnels and tractor tyre flower beds for horticultural therapy activities.

Larne Community Development Project is using a £6,100 grant to run training courses, including management committee training, social media for older people and volunteer training.

Julie Harrison, Big Lottery Fund NI Chair, said: “I am delighted to announce these grants under the Awards for All programme and I want to say thanks to all the National Lottery players who have helped make this possible.

“Awards for All funds health, education, environment and community projects that help people bring about positive change in their lives, improve health and well-being, develop skills and create safer communities.

“The application process is simple and accessible and shall remain so, making it easy for applicants to successfully apply for small pots of funding that can have such a big impact on local communities and lives.”

Application forms and guidance notes are available to download at www.biglotteryfund.org.uk. For more details call us on 028 9055 1455, or e-mail us at enquiries.ni@biglotteryfund.org.uk

For media enquiries, contact Rachel Skinner or Lucy Gollogly at the Big Lottery Fund Press Office on 028 90 551 450, 028 90 551 432

Out of Hours Media Contact: 0774 7532846, 07580 811135
Website:   http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/northernireland
Twitter:   @BIGNIonline #BigLottery
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BigLotteryFundNI

Notes to Editors:

  • The Big Lottery Fund supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities across the UK. We are responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery and invest over £650 million a year in projects big and small in health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
  • Since June 2004 we have awarded over £6.5billion to projects that make a difference to people and communities in need, from early years intervention to commemorative travel funding for World War Two veterans.
  • Since the National Lottery began in 1994, £35 billion has been raised and more than 490,000 grants awarded.