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Northern Ireland groups have lots to celebrate with new grants boost

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Northern Ireland
Release date:
7 3 2017

Groups across Northern Ireland today are sharing in £172,307 from the National Lottery.

Through Big Lottery Fund’s Celebrate programme a total of 43 groups are using grants of £500 to £5,000 to run their own events or activities that allow people to celebrate what makes their local community special. (See separate table for a full list of awards)

Kids in Control, a Belfast-based theatre company working with young people who have learning and physical disabilities, has been awarded £4,980. They are using the grant for a celebration event to showcase the achievements of the young people who have been involved in their programmes.

Creggan Neighbourhood Partnership based in Derry/Londonderry, provides support and assistance to a range of organisations. They have received a £5,000 grant for a family fun day for local people to celebrate 70 years of the Creggan community.

Carntall Primary School, based in Clogher, Co Tyrone, has also been awarded £2,400. They are using the grant to host a multi-cultural day at the school for the wider community, with workshops and classes focusing on the cultures of other countries.

Hilltown Community Association acts as an umbrella organisation for community groups in the Hilltown area of Co Down. They have received a £2,750 grant for a celebration event for local older people, including an afternoon tea and a comedy play.

Joanne McDowell, Big Lottery Fund NI Director, said: “Today’s Big Lottery Fund grants celebrate what’s special about individual communities across Northern Ireland and I want to say thanks to all the National Lottery players who have helped make these projects possible.

“From celebration events to cultural activities and fun days, these events are bringing people together to volunteer, have fun and meet more people in their area.”

The Celebrate funding programme is now closed to applications.

For media enquiries, contact Rachel Skinner or Lucy Gollogly at the Big Lottery Fund Press Office on 028 90 551 450 / 028 90 551 432
Out of Hours Media Contact: 07747532846 / 07580 811135
Website: http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/northernireland
Twitter: @BIGNIonline #BigLottery
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BigLotteryFundNI

Notes to Editors:

  • The Big Lottery Fund supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities across the UK. We are responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery and invest over £650 million a year in projects big and small in health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
  • Since June 2004 we have awarded over £6.5billion to projects that make a difference to people and communities in need, from early years intervention to commemorative travel funding for World War Two veterans.
  • Since the National Lottery began in 1994, £35 billion has been raised and more than 490,000 grants awarded.