£33k Big Lottery Fund windfall for local groups

Four groups in the Newtownabbey area are celebrating after receiving grant windfalls from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards For All programme.

The small-grants programme is allocating awards totalling more than £33,000 to the local groups as part of a £658,459 roll-out to 84 groups across Northern Ireland.

Three schools will each receive grants of £10,000.

Abbots Cross Primary School will use the funding to create a new outdoor adventure trail and horticulture area to be enjoyed by all the pupils; Kings Park Primary School’s grant will help to install an adventure trail in its grounds for use by the pupils and the wider community; while Mossley Primary School is to create a sensory garden on a piece of unused ground at the school.

Burnside and District Community Group has been awarded a £3,150 to run a range of activities for the wider community. The group has used the funding to buy food, entertainment and equipment to help them run the events.

Frank Hewitt, Big Lottery Fund NI chair, explained: “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.”

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. Application forms and guidance notes are available to download at www.awardsforall.org.uk