Magherafelt groups celebrate Lottery funding

FOUR groups in the Magherafelt area have been awarded funding from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme.

The small grants programme is awarding more than £39,000 to the groups as part of a grants roll-out of £604,181.

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 communities and the lives of people most in need.

Milltown Community Group has been awarded a grant of £10,000 to organise a cross community festival weekend. Wolfe Tones GAC in Bellaghy also receives £10,000 which the group will use to install a new kitchen in its pavilion.

Curran LOL 121 (Hamilton True Blues) will use its grant of £10,000 to carry out necessary improvements to its community hall to make the building more energy efficient.

In Maghera, Tamlaght O’Crilly LOL 229 has been awarded a grant of £9,881 to replace the roof on its community hall.

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,” he added.

Application forms and guidance notes are available to download at For more details call 028 9055 1455, or e-mail