A ‘Big Lottery’ windfall for Lisburn groups

THREE Lisburn groups are sharing in a grants windfall from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme.

The small grants programme is awarding more than £23,000 to the local groups as part of a grants roll-out of £647,376 to 77 groups across Northern Ireland.

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.

Mazetown Cultural Society, which runs activities, events and programmes for people in the Lisburn area, has been awarded a grant of £10,000 to install a new kitchen in its community hall.

The new kitchen will make it easier for the group to provide catering for a wider range of events and will make the venue more comfortable for the local members who use it.

The Resurgam Community Development Trust Ltd, which is made up of 23 community groups and six social enterprises, is receiving a grant of £9,000 to develop its strategy and its marketing plans. The trust, which aims to improve the confidence and skills of local people, will also use the funding to create a new website.

Laganview Enterprise Centre Ltd has also been awarded a grant of £4,559 to run classes and activities for the wider community.

Frank Hewitt, Big Lottery Fund NI Chair, 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.awardsforall.org.uk. For more details call us on 028 9055 1455, or e-mail us at enquiriesni@biglotteryfund.org.uk