£28k funding for local groups

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Three local school and community groups are sharing in almost £30,000 funding from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme.

The funding is part of Big Lottery Fund grants roll out today of £761,601 to 86 groups across Northern Ireland.

Duneane Primary School PTA has received a £9,123 grant from the funding programme.

The Parent Teacher Association supports the staff and parents of pupils at the school, with the £9,123 being used to teach IT skills to children who will mentor their family, friends and local community using modern equipment.

Six Mile Integrated Primary School in Antrim has been awarded £10,000 and the grant will be used to resurface the school’s play sport area to encourage activity and improve health and wellbeing.

The third local organisation to receive funding is South Antrim Community Network, based in Randalstown, which provides community development and social enterprise support to communities.

They received £9,865 for staff to attend local events to promote and improve the group’s work on health awareness and talk to men suffering from mental health and physical well-being issues.

They are also organising a health and wellbeing conference.

Joanne McDowell, Big Lottery Fund NI Director, 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.biglotteryfund.org.uk

For more details call 028 9055 1455, or email enquiries.ni@biglotteryfund.org.uk