Alpha funding for three local community regeneration groups

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Three community and environmental regeneration projects in Lisburn are on track for a transformation for the local community and its visitors thanks to the latest funding package from the successful Alpha Programme.

The Boys Brigade Headquarters, Lagan Rivers Trust and St Patrick’s GAC have collectively received over £126k to make a series of facility improvements through the unique funding initiative.

Launched in 2008, the Alpha Programme distributes funding through the Landfill tax credits scheme to a range of community and biodiversity projects within a 10 mile radius of Mullaghglass Landfill site on the outskirts of Lisburn.

The funding is made up of a combination of Landfill Tax and direct contributions from Alpha Resource Management Ltd.

To date 110 successful projects have been awarded through the initiative and it continues to enrich local communities through a diverse range of programmes including; sports clubs, community gardens, play areas and other environmental regeneration projects.

Local MLA and Minister for Communities Paul Givan said: “It’s great to see so many local initiatives benefit from the successful Alpha programme, not just in my local area but across Northern Ireland.

“It is positive to see local projects getting the help they deserve to continue their good work for their local communities.

“I visited St Patrick’s GAC and heard about the great work they are doing and the importance that this funding allocation will make, not just to the organisation but to the local community as a whole.

“I have also visited, many times, the Boys Brigade and Lagan Rivers Trust and I know what a difference this funding will make to these community groups.”