Local groups awarded £38,000 by Big Lottery

THREE groups from the Magherafelt area and two from Cookstown are sharing in a grants windfall of just over £38,000 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme.

1st Moyola Scout Group has been awarded £10,000 to extend their scout hall by adding a first floor level.

And Ballymaguigan Community Development Association has received a grant of £7,135 to run a range of classes and information sessions for the local community.

Magherafelt and District Road Safely Committee has also been awarded a £4,232 grant to run community activities that will improve the skills, health and education of its local people.

Cookstown Gateway Club, which runs a range of vital support services and activities for people with learning disabilities, is receiving £10,000 to provide a seaside break for their members, and respite for their families.

Gortalowry House Project Limited, which works to improve the lives of people in their local community, is also awarded £7,225 to carry out improvements to the back entrance of their community building.

The small grants programme is awarding the cash as part of a grants roll-out of £948,198 to 116 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.

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.

For more details call us on 028 9055 1455, or e-mail us at enquiriesni@biglotteryfund.org.uk