New figures show that more than £820,000 of National Lottery funding was awarded in Upper Bann constituency last year.
A total of 22 Lottery grants were given out in the area during 2016; providing a vital boost to arts, sports and heritage projects alongside community groups helping those most in need.
A wide variety of local projects received National Lottery grants last year, including £4,800 to Lurgan United FC to deliver a series of workshops in the Brownlow area to design a mural celebrating positive role models; £2,800 to Ozanam Men’s Shed for a series of events focussing on the history of Lurgan and £9,500 to the Brownlow Festival Association for a community-based festival in Lurgan
These examples, or any organisation that has ever received National Lottery funding, has the possibility of gaining nationwide acclaim by entering The National Lottery Awards 2017 – the annual search for the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects.
National Lottery Awards winners will receive £3,000 and national recognition at a ceremony broadcast on BBC One later this year.
John Barrowman MBE, presenter of the National Lottery Awards show, said: “The National Lottery Awards are a fabulous celebration of the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects as voted for by the public. The Awards rightly put the focus on ordinary people doing extraordinary things.”