Three local community groups are celebrating this week after receiving lottery funding to the tune of nearly £30,000.
Ballycraigy Primary School, Randalstown Community Playgroup, and Moneyglass Community Centre have all areceived grants from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme.
The small grants programme is awarding nearly £30,000 to the local groups as part of a grants roll-out of £629,806 to 79 groups across Northern Ireland.
Among the local recipients is Ballycraigy Primary School which receives a grant of £9,977 to buy new play equipment and develop a trim trail at the school.
Randalstown Community Playgroup will also be buying play equipment with its grant of £8,186, giving the children lots more scope for imaginative play.
A £10,000 grant will allow Moneyglass Community Centre in Toome to upgrade the kitchen facilities in the community hall, while Glebe Rangers Football Club will use its grant of £7,450 to organise a cultural event for the local community.
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.
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.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Big Lottery Fund (BIG), the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding, is responsible for giving out half the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery.
BIG is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK since June 2004. The Fund was formally established by Parliament on 1 December 2006.
Since the National Lottery began in 1994, 28p from every pound spent by the public has gone to good causes. As a result, over £25 billion has now been raised and more than 330,000 grants awarded across arts, sport, heritage, charities, health, education and the environment.