The National Lottery Community Fund has awarded £1,484,579 between 24 community projects in the Derry City and Strabane Council area.
This is part of an announcement of £4,693,92 of National Lottery funding benefiting 128 projects across Northern Ireland.
Advice Services Skeoge Ltd in Derry is using a £136,541 grant over 18 months to support local people who are in need through providing welfare rights advice.
This will include wraparound community support for local people to improve their life situations and reach the services they need, helping address poverty and building a connected and more vibrant community.
Women’s Centre Derry is using a £385,525 grant to run holistic support services to improve family wellbeing and child development following the pandemic.
Over five years the project will provide childcare while parents take part in wellbeing programmes, mental health support and parenting groups.
Activities include Listening Ear support services, mother and baby activities, programmes to help parents deal with trauma, confidence building for parents to support children impacted by the pandemic, and signposting to other services.
Strabane Community Unemployed Group is using a £353,218 grant over five years to create a Digital Training Hub in their new premises.
The project will give people who are unemployed and young people who are not at school and/or underperforming at school volunteering and recruitment opportunities through digital training, mentoring, and qualifications, providing new skills and improving self-esteem.
Strabane Health Improvement Project CIC is using a £432,832 to design a health programme led by the local community, to enable them to live healthier and more fulfilled lives.
Over five years the project will run support programmes and activities to help people reach their personal health and wellbeing goals, and signpost them to other community and statutory services in the area if needed
Also awarded smaller National Lottery grants are:
Community Action for Locally Managed Stress (CALMS), Curryneirin Community Association, Galliagh Community Centre, Glen Men’s Shed, Irish Street Youth and Community Association, Maiden City Festival, Matchbox Youth Club, North West Community Club, Northern Ireland Newpin, Pennyburn Youth Club, The Kerala Association and Ulster Project Derry.
Fountain Street Community Development Association, Neighbours United and Strabane Community Project.
Foyle Accessible Transport (Heart of Foyle) based in Strathfoyle, Carita Carers in Newtownstewart, Newtownstewart Community Forum, Killen District Development Limited and St Canice’s Church, Eglinton.
Thanks to National Lottery players, more than £30 million a week is raised for good causes with the majority awarded as small grants.
Of the 128 grant awarded today, 116 are for under £10,000, going to every Council area across Northern Ireland, making a difference in communities.
Paul Sweeney, The National Lottery Community Fund’s NI Chair, said: “Congratulations to all the groups announced today. I’m proud to see the impact our funded projects are having in people’s lives and across communities in Northern Ireland.
“We continue to be here for organisations as they face challenges and will work to ensure that funding reaches those who need it as quickly as possible.”
Communities across Northern Ireland can also apply for grants to support activity through a range of funding programmes.
This includes The People’s Projects, a partnership with UTV which is open until Friday, October 7, where groups could win up to £70k.
For more information visit: www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/northern-irelandTags: