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Community Development support ensures National Lottery Funding for local groups

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A host of new initiatives will be getting underway in Burnfoot and Gortnaghey after two local community groups secured major funding from the National Lottery.

With assistance from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s Community Development team, Burnfoot Community Association and Gortnaghey Community Association secured £187,688 from the People and Communities Fund.

The Council team provided important guidance around community led consultations which allowed both areas to identify their needs and how these should be best addressed by the community groups, individually and in partnership.

Welcoming the announcement, the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Sean Bateson said: “This funding success is a clear example of how Council’s Community Development remit can create positive change in the lives of residents in the Causeway Coast and Glens. I would like to offer my congratulations to everyone involved and I wish the communities all the very best with their future plans.”

Lyle Quigley from Burnfoot Community Association said: “This is a significant investment in some of the most isolated rural villages and will create three part time positions which will enable delivery of projects including a luncheon club hosted by Burnfoot and a series of outdoor activities in Gortnaghey. Further projects will provide activities for older people, men and the youth.”

This project has only been made possible by the National Lottery Community Fund, and the players of the National Lottery and both communities express their thanks.

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