Grant joy for Shopmobility

A GROUP from the Cookstown area is today sharing in a grants windfall from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme.

The small grants programme is awarding nearly £10,000 to the local group as part of a grants roll-out of £617,767 to 76 groups across Northern Ireland (see separate attachment for full list of NI awards).

Shopmobility Cookstown, a community organisation that lends wheelchairs and scooters to people who have a disability or limited mobility so they can get round the town to do shopping or meet friends, has been awarded a grant of £9,260 to buy extra scooters and equipment.

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.

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

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