National Lottery boost for Mid Ulster community groups

Seven community groups in the Mid Ulster area have benefitted from the latest round of National Lottery Community Fund grants.
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A total of £4,693,921 of funding has been announced to be shared across 128 projects across Northern Ireland.

In Mid Ulster, a variety of groups are celebrating the news.

Ballinderry Shamrocks Community Hub is using a £9,850 grant to support activities for older people, those who are unemployed and children with additional needs. This includes a wellness programme and a leadership programme, that give opportunities and improve wellbeing.

National Lottery Community Fund grants are to benefit seven groups in Mid Ulster.National Lottery Community Fund grants are to benefit seven groups in Mid Ulster.
National Lottery Community Fund grants are to benefit seven groups in Mid Ulster.

Brantry Area Rural Development Association (BARD), based outside Dungannon, is using a £198,381 grant to renovate their community building and provide social activities. Over three years the project will improve mental health and community cohesion through a range of classes and events in a suitable space. A new computer suite will also provide opportunities for learning.

The Caledon Open Door Club is using a £10,000 grant to create a staying connected programme for older people. This will improve wellbeing and help them become more engaged in the community.

Donaghmore District Community Association is using a £9,488 grant for a community education service for children using LEGO, engineering and coding. This project will use teamwork to build confidence and become more socially connected.

Kildress Kare, based in Dunnamore, is using a £10,000 grant to refurbish their community hall. This will create a safe and comfortable hub for the community to socialise and take part in activities together.

Naíscoil Mhachaire Rátha (NMR) based in Maghera is using a £9,946 grant to deliver an Irish speaking parent and toddler group. The project will support the health and wellbeing of new parents following the pandemic.

St Mary’s GFC Killyman is using £4,580 grant to hold a community event and deliver a community educational cultural programme. This will help reconnect the area and teach the local community about language, traditions and history of the area.

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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 latest 128 grants awarded, 116 are for under £10,000, going to every council area across Northern Ireland.