National Lottery funding, a welcome Christmas present for community groups in Causeway Coast and Glens

National Lottery funding, a welcome Christmas present for community groups in Causeway Coast and Glens

The National Lottery Community Fund has announced £3,313,174 of grants benefiting 93 community projects, supporting people across Northern Ireland, including three projects in the Causeway Coast and Glens area.

Projects being funded are supporting those in need over the festive season and enabling communities to have a better 2022 through activities to improve mental health, support children with disabilities and help people new to Northern Ireland to integrate.

One of the groups funded is Roe Valley Ancestral Researchers. They are using a £10,000 grant to buy a marquee that will provide cover for activities that will be organised at Farlow Wood, a woodland outside Ballykelly. This will provide opportunities for children and volunteers from Limavady and Ballykelly to engage with nature and learn new skills.

Michael Ferguson, Land Steward of Farlow Wood said: “We are delighted to receive the funding from The National Lottery Community Fund. This will allow our project to purchase a marquee for our outdoor classroom events.

Macosquin Community Pre-School. They are using a £9,995 grant to enhance their outdoor space by developing a play area for their children. The project will provide equipment that will develop the children’s gross motor skills, encourage imaginative, creative minds and physical activity.

St Matthews GAC Drumsurn, based outside Limavady, also received a £10,000 grant to install a new floor to enable community events and training to take place safely.

Thanks to National Lottery players more than £30 million a week is raised for good causes across the UK like these. The vast majority of grants awarded are for smaller amounts of under £10,000, going to the heart of communities to make a big difference.

Paul Sweeney, The National Lottery Community Fund’s NI Chair, said: “It’s inspiring to see such a diverse range of projects being funded as we continue to rise to the challenges of COVID-19, helping people stay connected and supporting wellbeing.

“Thanks to the money raised by people who play The National Lottery, these grants will make a big difference to people across Northern Ireland in 2022 and beyond.”

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