he National Lottery Community Fund is today announcing £573,576 to projects across the Causeway Coast and Glens helping to support local people in these uncertain times. This funding is part of £2.1million to more than 30 projects across Northern Ireland. For a full list of grants awarded in your area, please see attached.
North Coast Community Transport is using a £500,000 grant to run their ‘Wheels to Wellbeing’ project over the next four years. The group are using fully adapted buses and vehicles to provide transport for older people and vulnerable adults living in rural areas across the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough. The project enables users to attend hospital/medical appointments and other recreational activities to improve their health and well-being.
Multiple Sclerosis Society Coleraine and District Group is using a £52,510 grant to run exercise classes and reflexology sessions to help people with their MS symptoms and to improve their mental and physical well-being. The project will run for five years and the group are also using the funding to purchase exercise equipment and IT equipment to run the project.
Playhouse Activity Centre, based in Coleraine, is using a £7,800 grant to deliver outdoor activities so children can still go to the centre while adhering to the social distancing requirements of COVID-19 guidance. The funding is also being used to purchase outdoor clothing for the children.
Dungiven Regeneration Group is using a £4,960 grant to reorganise their centre to create maximum space so activities can resume with social distancing measures in place as required by COVID-19 restrictions. The funding is being used to provide hand sanitizer, washing stand and stationery.
Kate Beggs, Northern Ireland Director of The National Lottery Community Fund said: “The wide range of projects funded today demonstrates the strength of their members and communities and the importance of staying connected with each other in these unprecedented times. It’s inspiring to see all these groups, staff and volunteers rising to the challenges of COVID-19 and looking to the future, supporting people in need.
“These awards, made possible by National Lottery players, recognise the incredible work happening across Northern Ireland. National Lottery players can be proud to know that money they raise is continuing to make such a difference.”
All National Lottery funded projects can contact their Funding Officer if they need advice or have any questions about their grant. Full updates from the organisation regarding our response to COVID-19, information on applying for grants and general contact details can be found on our website www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk.