Young children are among those in the Coleraine area sharing in a grants windfall from the Big Lottery Fund.
The Causeway Branch of Early Years and three other groups in the Coleraine area were awarded grants totalling £32,801. They are among 92 groups across Northern Ireland who are sharing in a total grants windfall of £750,350 (See separate attachment for full list of awards).
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 communities and the lives of people most in need.
Causeway Branch of Early Years, a not-for-profit organisation, promotes early years education. They are using the £9,288 grant to train practitioners on the ‘Voice of a Child’ course to benefit children in the Causeway area.
Balinteer Bowling Club, based in Coleraine, promotes and plays indoor bowls. They are using the £9,841 grant to buy new equipment and make repairs to the hall, for use by the wider community.
Joanne McDowell, Big Lottery Fund NI Director, 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.”