Lottery fund boosts local groups in Mid Ulster

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MID Ulster has received £20k to benefit local groups from the National Lottery’s NI Awards for All programme.

Three groups in the area are today sharing in a grants windfall from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme. The small grants programme is awarding grants totalling £20,000 to the local groups as part of a grants roll-out of nearly £600k to 68 groups across Northern Ireland.

Awards for All offers community, voluntary and statutory groups the chance to apply for small grants of between £500 and £10,000 that will have a big impact on local communities and the lives of people most in need.

Michael Davitt Gaelic Athletic & Social Club, which runs a range of sporting and other activities for the local community, has been awarded a grant of £10,000 to carry out improvements to their venue including extending their hall to allow for a new single storey store and kitchen.

Superstars Club, which runs social activities for young people with learning and physical disabilities in the Magherafelt, Cookstown and Dungannon areas, has also been awarded £10,000 to buy a range of equipment which will allow the group to increase the current range of activities they offer young members.

Mary McAvoy from Superstars said: “This grant will allow us to us to purchase new and specialised equipment and fixtures for our club which will greater enhance the range and quality of activities we provide. We at Superstars are very grateful for this award as we believe these special people deserve the best in leisure time provision.”

Cookstown Local History Group, which encourages local people to take an interest in the history and culture of the local area, has been awarded £4,814 to run a series of talks and workshops covering a range of history related topics. The group plans to use the funding to pay for tutors, organise transport for local people, buy a laptop and camera and advertise the events.

Frank Hewitt, Big Lottery Fund NI Chair, said: “The Big Lottery Fund’s NI Awards for All programme funds health, education, environment and community projects that help people bring about positive change in their lives, improve health and well-being, develop skills and create safer communities.”

“The application process is simple and accessible and shall remain so, making it easy for applicants to successfully apply for small pots of funding that can have such a big impact on local communities and lives.”

Application forms and guidance notes are available to download at www.awardsforall.org.uk.