Ballymena Sea Cadets in the swim with £5,000 Children in Need windfall

Sea Cadets Ballymena has been awarded �5,000 by BBC Children in Need.
Sea Cadets Ballymena has been awarded �5,000 by BBC Children in Need.

A project working with young people in Ballymena has been awarded £5,000 by BBC Children in Need in the Charity’s latest round of funding from its small grants programme which saw Northern Ireland receive more than £139,000.

This new funding means that BBC Children in Need now has more than £670,000 invested in County Antrim providing services to children and young people in the area.

Sea Cadets Ballymena will use the funding to provide training and a residential experience to local young people. Participants will spend up to a week sailing and will learn new skills, build friendships and increase confidence in their abilities.

Ruth Verner, Chairperson at Sea Cadets Ballymena said: “We’re over the moon to hear that BBC Children in Need have awarded us with this funding, which will give the young people that we work with confidence whilst teaching them how to look after themselves and provide opportunities for them later in life.”

Speaking of the new grant, Fionnuala Walsh, BBC Children in Need Interim National Head of Northern Ireland, said: “It’s great to be able to fund projects from organisations such as Sea Cadets Ballymena.

“At BBC Children in Need, we fund projects that are making a tangible difference to young lives, which is only made possible thanks to our supporters.”

BBC Children in Need’s Chief Executive, Simon Antrobus added: “With every grant awarded we are making a renewed commitment to transform young lives across the UK. Simply put, all of our grants – made possible by the generosity of the UK Public – ensure that projects working in the local community can respond to the needs of disadvantaged children and young people when they need it most.”

BBC Children in Need awards grants at seven points during the year and funds two types of grants, both of which are open to new or existing applicants. A Main Grants Programme is for grants over £10,000 per year to support projects for up to three years. Meanwhile, a Small Grants Programme includes grants up to and including £10,000, and has been refreshed to support projects for up to three years.

Organisations working with children and young people who would like to apply for funding in future rounds should visit the grants section on the BBC Children in Need website or attend one of the grants information workshops planned for the coming months across Northern Ireland. For further information, please call the Belfast office on 028 9033 8221, or email

BBC Children in Need relies on the support and creativity of thousands of fundraisers and supporters across the UK who donate their time, money and energy to help raise millions for the Charity. It awards grants at seven points during the year.