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Christmas comes early for Causeway Coast groups sharing £2.8million of National Lottery funding

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Community groups along the Causeway Coast are celebrating after being awarded grants from the National Lottery Community Fund just in time for Christmas.

Vineyard Compassion is among those groups in Northern Ireland sharing more than £2.8million. Based in Coleraine, they are using a £9,975 grant to buy equipment for its wood kindling social enterprise project, Link Logs. The project provides employment and volunteer opportunities for local people, to help them on their journey to employment. Income from this project also helps fund Vineyard’s drop-in café, Open Door, where members of the local community can access a range of support projects.

Stephen Busteed, Link Logs Project Manager said: “This new funding will make a huge difference to our social enterprise, Link Logs. It helps us to offer more part-time jobs to those on a journey back into work. Thanks to the National Lottery players who have made this possible.”

North Antrim Cultural and Musical Society, based outside Ballymoney, is using a £5,790 grant to refurbish a disused room for use as an advice centre and office, this will include built-in storage and equipment. These improvements will allow the hall to be used by local people for a wider range of activities.

Pride of The Park Flute Band, based in Armoy, is using a £9,457 grant to provide a range of activities, fun days and outings for people in the area. These activities are helping to develop and promote Ulster-Scots music, culture, history and marching heritage. The grant will also pay for a new marquee and flower arranging classes, golfing, bowling and fishing trips, music nights and family fun.

Glens Wellbeing Group, based in Cushendall, supports people affected by depression, anxiety and poor health. Using a grant of £5,300, the group are hosting a range of activities to address health and well-being.

The Friends of St Brigid’s Parent Teacher Association, based in Cloughmills, is using a £9,910 grant to provide an outdoor classroom and garden area at the school. The garden is also being used by a neighbouring school and local arts and sporting groups. The grant covers the construction of the classroom and garden area as well as the purchase of furniture and plants.

Kate Beggs, The National Lottery Community Fund Northern Ireland Director, said: “I am delighted to announce these grants. It is great to see the amazing and diverse work being done through projects funded by National Lottery money. When people take the lead and develop their own great ideas, communities really do thrive.

“Whether it’s small pots of funding or larger grants, people are being brought together to make good things happen and change lives. I want to say thanks to all the National Lottery players who have helped make this possible.”

For a full list of grants awarded visit: https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/news/press-releases/2019-12-16/christmas-comes-early-for-community-groups-across-northern-ireland-sharing-2-8million-of-national-lottery-funding#notes

For more information on applying for National Lottery funding, please visit our website www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk. If you have an idea you would like to discuss or need guidance please call us on 028 9055 1455 or email [email protected]

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