The work of Newtownabbey-based community organisations has been recognised at a special reception at Stormont.
Brenda Duff from Tiny Tots Preschool Playgroup from Monkstown was among those who joined representatives from groups across the province who received funding from the organised by the Lloyd’s Bank Foundation for Northern Ireland.
Tiny Tots received a grant of £1,500 towards its running costs from the Community Grants Programme.
Through its eight grant programmes over the last year, the Foundation released funding of £1.635 million to 527 charities and community and voluntary groups from every corner of Northern Ireland.
Representatives from many of these groups visited Parliament Buildings at Stormont for a special event to recognise and celebrate their work.
Sandara Kelso-Robb, Executive Director of the Lloyds Bank Foundation for Northern Ireland, paid tribute to the incredible work carried out by all of the community-based organisations.
“The well-publicised cuts in public sector spending mean that our work is more important than ever. Through these grants programmes we provide significant support for the most vulnerable in society making a huge difference in communities throughout Northern Ireland. It is a privilege to work with many thousands of people in a large number of organisations who are at the forefront of delivering positive change,” she said.
She was speaking at a special reception in the Long Gallery in Parliament Buildings where MLAs and members of the Foundation and Lloyds Banking Group joined representatives from groups across Northern Ireland to recognise and celebrate their achievements.
Since it was formed in 1985, the formerly named Lloyds TSB Foundation for Northern Ireland has contributed more than £30 million to a vast range of projects aimed at supporting those who are disadvantaged or disabled within our communities. It has recently changed to an online application process, which is much more accessible and environmentally friendly.