Lottery grants windfall for groups

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Four groups from the Ballymoney area are sharing in a grants windfall from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme.

The small grants programme is awarding grants totalling over £36,000 to the local groups as part of a grants roll-out of £554,553 to 66 groups across Northern Ireland.

Awards for All offers community, voluntary and statutory groups the chance to apply for small grants of between £500 and £10,000 that will have a big impact on local communities and the lives of people most in need.

Ballybogey Community Association, which works to improve the lives and opportunities of people in their village and the surrounding areas, has been awarded a grant of £10,000 so they can buy new equipment for their community hall and run more activities for the local community.

The groups plans to run a range of new sports activities including a youth swimming course and a men’s and youth football programme.

Stranocum and District Development Group, which runs events bringing together people in their village and the local area, has been awarded £9,970 to run a programme of activities for older and younger people.

Activities on offer for local young people will include a youth club, a range of trips, baking, dance classes and a football trip to Ayr, while older people in the community will get the chance to take part in old tyme dances and friendship clubs.

Ballymoney Branch of Arthritis Care, which works to improve the lives of local people living with arthritis and their carers, will use the grant of £9,093 to run a range of new activities.

Carnany Community Association, which works to improve the lives and opportunities of people in the local community, will use the grant of £7,182 to provide a range of activities for people in the Carnany estate.

Frank Hewitt, Big Lottery Fund NI Chair, said: “The Big Lottery Fund’s NI Awards for All programme 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.

He continued: “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.awardsforall.org.uk.

For more details call us on 028 9055 1455, or e-mail us at enquiriesni@biglotteryfund.org.uk