Grants for groups

TWO groups from the Lurgan area are sharing in a grants windfall from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme.

The small grants programme is awarding grants totalling over £15,000 to the local groups as part of a grants roll-out of £576,149 to 71 groups across Northern Ireland.

Taghnevan Community Development Association has been awarded a grant of £5,050 so they can carry out a feasibility study to work out whether they need to add an extension to their community centre.

The study will also help them find out what additional services they can provide for people in the local area.

St Michael’s Grammar School, based on Cornakinnegar Road in the town, has also been awarded a grant of £10,000 to run after school study programmes that will include classes in literacy, numeracy and IT. The classes will provide support for pupils who require extra tuition in some key skill areas.

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.

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

For more details call 9055 1455, or e-mail