WORKSPACE allocates a proportion of its profits each year so that small grants are available to help finance projects within the local area. Since its launch the fund has allocated almost £28,000 to over 70 local community and voluntary projects.
Initially available to community or voluntary groups within the Ballinascreen, Kilcronaghan and Desertmartin areas the Workspace Community Fund is now accepting applications from community or voluntary groups throughout the Magherafelt District Council area.
Adele Scullion, Corporate Services Manager, of the Workspace Group explains:
“The Workspace business model sees us run commercial businesses which generate surpluses, part of which are used to fund local projects such as the Backrow Recreation Centre and the Corn Store Youth Centre. Since 2008 we have distributed a percentage of our profits directly to community or voluntary groups within the Ballinascreen, Kilcronaghan and Desertmartin areas to enable projects that otherwise just wouldn’t happen. This reflects what Workspace is about since it was founded – helping the local community in a practical way.
In the last number of years we have grown significantly and feel we are now in a position to distribute more widely throughout the Magherafelt community which is why we are now offering grants to community or voluntary groups throughout Magherafelt District Council area.”
The Workspace Community Fund offers local community and voluntary groups the opportunity to apply for grants of up to £250 for projects which will improve the local area, promote community involvement, enhance the quality of life and the well being of local residents or address other local needs.
Individual Awards are now also available through the Workspace Community Fund for people aged 18-30 within the Ballinascreen, Kilcronaghan or Desertmartin areas who have the potential to excel in the areas of arts, culture, sport or enterprise and are being restricted from doing so for financial reasons.
Applications must clearly demonstrate why they should be awarded a Workspace Community Fund Individual Award in terms of their achievements to date, how they would use the award and the impact the award would have on their ability to excel in their particular field.
For more information about the Workspace Community Fund or to apply go to the Workspace Group website www.theworkspacegroup.org.