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Causeway project awarded £83,209 in first BBC Children in Need grant allocation of the year

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BBC Children in Need has announced that it has awarded a new grant of £83,209 to a local project working with disadvantaged children and young people in the Causeway area. The grant has been allocated through the charity’s Main Grants Programme.

The new funding will enable the project to provide services to young people in the area and means that the charity now has more than £1million invested across County Antrim. This is the first funding allocation of the year, with additional funding to be allocated to projects across the UK throughout 2019.

Causeway Women’s Aid has been awarded £83,209, over three years, to deliver a programme of support to children and young people who have been affected by domestic violence. The programme runs group support sessions, one to one support and a youth forum which help to increase emotional resilience, reduce social isolation, developed their knowledge and awareness which increases the young people’s ability to keep themselves safe.

Mathilda Taulbutt, Community Services Manager at Causeway Women’s Aid said: “It’s fantastic news to hear that we have been awarded new funding from BBC Children in Need. With this, we’ll be able to continue to run our support programme for the next three years and make a positive difference to vulnerable children and young people’s lives in the Causeway area.”

Speaking of the new grant, Fionnuala Walsh, National Head of Northern Ireland at BBC Children in Need said: “We’re delighted to be awarding our first grants for 2019 to projects like Causeway Women’s Aid. The competition for BBC Children in Need funding is always high and these organisations demonstrated in their applications the tangible impact that they will make to disadvantaged children and young people. We welcome applications from organisations working with children and young people and encourage people to get in touch if they’d like more information.”

BBC Children in Need’s Chief Executive, Simon Antrobus added: ‘As always, thanks must go to our generous supporters and fundraisers – we are only able to make these much needed awards because of them. Each project will go on to make a positive impact on the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in communities across the UK who really do need our help, so thank you for making these grants possible.’

Across County Antrim, BBC Children in Need is currently funding 22 projects to a value of more than £1 million.

BBC Children in Need awards grants at six points during the year and funds two types of grants, both of which are open to new or existing applicants. A Main Grants Programme is for grants over £10,000 per year to support projects for up to three years. Meanwhile, our Small Grants Programme supports projects for up to three years, and includes grants up to and including £10,000 per year. Both of these programmes are currently open to applications.

Alongside the Main and Small Grants Programmes, BBC Children in Need have re-opened Curiosity – a partnership with Wellcome – which awards grants to organisations using inspiring science activities to create change for disadvantaged children and young people. The deadline for applications is 12 April 2019; more information on Curiosity and how to apply is available on BBC Children in Need’s website.

BBC Children in Need relies on the generosity and creativity of the thousands of supporters and fundraisers who raise millions of pounds for the charity every year. To date the UK public has raised over £1 billion for children and young people facing disadvantage across the UK.

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