Communities across Northern Ireland are benefitting from more than £5.8 million from The National Lottery Community Fund, including seven projects in Causeway Coast and Glens.
Projects being supported include schemes to help young people make better choices, activities to reduce isolation among older people and plans to help people facing challenges in their community.
Focus on Family based in Coleraine has been awarded a £9,994 grant to buy equipment for people from Ballysally and Millburn to produce videos about the local community to take ownership on how their locality is perceived and improve community spirit.
Billy Ellis Community Outreach Worker for Millburn Community Association which are working with Focus on Family, said: “Our project will provide equipment for our community centre and much needed activities for the young people in the Millburn Community. We’re excited and are busy with preparations to start our project with activities starting this summer. We would like to Thank The National Lottery Community Fund and National Lottery Players for making our project possible.”
Kilrea Community and Fairy Thorn Association also received a £9,040 grant to organise the Fairy Thorn Festival between the 19–21 August 2022. This will provide an inclusive environment for people to enjoy entertainment, improve community spirit and give the town publicity.
Moneydig Rural Network has been awarded a £10,000 grant to organise a community ‘Gig in the Dig’ music festival in September 2022 which is led by the community. The project will build strong relationships and provide volunteers with new skills.
Also receiving funding in the area are Ballymoney Evergreen Club, Cloughmills Cultural & Historical Society, Cushendun GAC and Portrush Sea Cadets.
This latest round of funding comes as The National Lottery Community Fund reviews how it awards grants in Northern Ireland. Communities are facing fresh challenges and opportunities, and they want to involve all communities in conversations about funding to understand what these are and how they can support communities better.
Paul Sweeney, The National Lottery Community Fund’s NI Chair, said: “Congratulations to all those awarded grants today, it is inspiring to see the wide range of activity that organisations are carrying out to help local people.
“We are currently thinking about what our grant making will look like between now and 2030 and we want to ensure communities across Northern Ireland help shape the future of how we invest money. We intend to do this by listening, learning and responding to ideas and suggestions.
“Please get in touch and tell us your views. We really want to hear from everyone, not just those who have benefitted from National Lottery funding in the past.”
To give your views on what is important in your community to help shape the future of National Lottery funding, email [email protected] or telephone 028 9055 1455.
Thanks to National Lottery players more than £30 million a week is raised for good with the majority being awarded as small grants, supporting what matters to local people.