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£900,000 funding boost for Northern Ireland groups from National Lottery Awards for All

People with disabilities, older people, and young people are among those benefiting from over £900,000 from The National Lottery Community Fund.

A total of 104 groups across Northern Ireland are sharing in £906,303 from The National Lottery Awards for All programme.

Indian Senior Citizens Club, based in Belfast, supports older Indian people. They are using the £10,000 grant to run activities including yoga, bowling, arts and crafts, cookery classes, and holistic health sessions. They are also using the grant for transport and entrance fees for outings.

Men’s Action Network supports men in Derry/Londonderry. They are using a £10,000 grant to run suicide prevention workshops and activities around mental health awareness, healthy eating, sports, communication skills, self-esteem and anti-bullying in local schools.

Orchard Social Club for Visually Impaired People, based in Armagh, helps visually impaired people to meet and build their confidence. They’re using a £4,000 grant to run day trips away and social events, including a day at the seaside, a Christmas dinner, visits to the theatre, and a mystery tour.

Also receiving funding is Gran Quilters. The group, based in Swatragh, is using a grant of £9,320 run a trip to the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham to build relationships between members and encourage them to learn new skills.

Kate Beggs, The National Lottery Community Fund Northern Ireland Director, yesterday said:

“I am delighted to announce these grants today. It’s great to see National Lottery money being used by people who are taking the lead in developing great ideas to help their communities thrive.

“Small pots of funding from National Lottery Awards for All are bringing people together to make good things happen. I want to say thanks to all the National Lottery players who have helped make this possible.”

Application forms and guidance notes are available to download at For more details call us on 028 9055 1455, or e-mail us at

Download a full list of grants awarded across Northern Ireland yesterday.

Notes to Editors

We are the largest community funder in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Since June 2004, we have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people.

We are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives. At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.

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National Lottery Awards for All Northern Ireland

Giving groups a quick and easy way to get small National Lottery grants of between £300 and £10,000.

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