Four projects to benefit from lottery windfall

St Francis' Primary School, P5 pupils work at the Woodland Escape Project in the school grounds. Included are, Ciera McCrory, project co-ordinator and Mrs Anne-Marie Henderson, teacher and Eco Schools Co-ordinator. INLM25-103gc
St Francis' Primary School, P5 pupils work at the Woodland Escape Project in the school grounds. Included are, Ciera McCrory, project co-ordinator and Mrs Anne-Marie Henderson, teacher and Eco Schools Co-ordinator. INLM25-103gc

A number of projects within the Craigavon area have been awarded grants via the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme.

Four projects in Craigavon have received over £30,000 of these funds. This is part of a total grants roll-out of £583,080 to 73 groups across Northern Ireland.

St Francis Primary School has received £9,420, which will help the school develop a nature garden and provide better access by completing minor works to pathways that will encourage use by pupils and the local community. The Society of St Vincent De Paul has received £6,000 which will be used to provide a five-day respite residential in Corrymeela, Ballycastle.

The Derrykeevan Community Association, who intend to use their grant for a range of community activities over the next year, and Forever Young Club which promotes physical activity for people over 50 living in Craigavon, have received £10,000 each. Their grant will be used to arrange a trip to Edinburgh for their members.

Awards for All offers community, voluntary and statutory groups the chance to apply for small grants of between £500 and £10,000, with the aim of having a positive impact on local communities and the lives of people most in need.

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.

“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.”