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Causeway Coast and Glens community groups get National Lottery funding

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The National Lottery Community Fund has announced £38,942 to groups in the Causeway Coast and Glens area to help tackle local issues and improve health and wellbeing.

Greysteel Community Playgroup has been awarded a £9,000 grant to provide an outdoor canopy so they can extend their play area so it can be used during any weather and provide a bigger space for the children to play given the current COVID-19 restrictions. The project provides an opportunity for children to develop their physical development and improve their well-being.

Ballykelly Residents Association also received a £10,000 grant to provide a programme of activities that benefit all ages and abilities in the community such as arts and crafts classes, pottery, crochet, flower arranging and healthy eating cooking classes. The project provides local people with new skills and addresses health and well-being issues in the community.

The National Lottery Community Fund is happy to talk to anyone in the Causeway Coast and Glens area about their ideas and give advice. Since March, we have given over £14.2 million in grants to 524 new projects in Northern Ireland, as well as supporting current grant holders with additional funding.

Kate Beggs, Northern Ireland Director of The National Lottery Community Fund said, “It’s inspiring to see projects rising to the challenges of COVID-19, supporting well-being now and looking to the future, helping people in need. The wide range of projects funded demonstrates the strength of their members and the importance of staying connected with each other in these unprecedented times.

“People know best what is needed in their area and we want to talk to anyone who has an idea or wants more information on funding to support their community. National Lottery players can be proud to know that the money they raise is making such a difference across Northern Ireland.”

Ballyrashane L.O.L. 431 – £4,000

Ballyrashane Orange Lodge, based outside Coleraine, is using a £4,800 grant to replace windows and providers sanitisers in their hall to make the venue comfortable for present and future users. The improvements ensure the hall can be used safely by the wider community.

Blaugh LOL 256 – £5,142 

Blaugh Orange Lodge, based outside Coleraine, is using a £5,142 grant to renovate their hall by replacing the windows, painting the exterior and purchasing folding tables. The upgrades ensure the hall is a warm and welcoming space for the community to use it to its full potential.


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