The National Lottery Community Fund has announced funding to projects in the Causeway Coast and Glens area. This is part of an announcement of £5 million of National Lottery funding to 89 groups across Northern Ireland. For full details of all grants awarded see attached table.
One of the organisations receiving funding is Dunloy Development Association which is using an £8,790 grant to support older people to socialise again following lockdown with less fear and regain social connections with a support system in place. Activities include a luncheon club, yoga classes and safety packs containing masks, sanitiser and mindfulness activities.
Articlave District Community Association has also been awarded a £10,000 grant to deliver activities for the local community to reduce loneliness, isolation, unemployment and improve wellbeing as we come through the pandemic. They will provide an older people’s phone service, a mental health support project, employability skills training and buy products to prevent period poverty.
Also receiving funding in the area are North West Community First Responders, Armoy LOL 1065, and the Rotary Club of Ballymoney.
The Glens Community Association recently received funding from ‘Places Called Home,’
a UK-wide £1.5m pilot programme from The National Lottery Community Fund and IKEA UK to help people get involved in their community, create shared spaces and promote sustainable living.
The Glens Community Association is using a £5,000 grant to create a new equipment storage shed to provide more space in their building for activities to take place. This shed will be built with the help of retired volunteers and younger volunteers in an intergenerational project that shares skills and experience.
Thanks to National Lottery players more than £30 million a week is raised for good causes across the UK like these. The vast majority of grants awarded are for smaller amounts of under £10,000, going to the heart of communities to make a big difference.
Paul Sweeney, The National Lottery Community Fund’s NI Chair, said: “I’m proud to see the amazing impact that money raised by National Lottery players is having in communities across Northern Ireland.
“This funding is supporting a diverse range of projects, who are meeting the needs in our local communities. I’m looking forward to seeing how these projects help people to rebuild and thrive.”