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What do you want to celebrate?

July 6, 2016

Up to £5,000 in new funding is available for local communities to celebrate.

In a recent Big Lottery Fund survey, six out of ten people* said they have never or cannot remember ever coming together to celebrate with their community. Big Lottery Fund wants to help change this with a new funding programme, Celebrate, which opens today.

With £225,000 available across Northern Ireland, we’re calling on local groups and organisations of all shapes and sizes to apply for funding to hold events or activities that will bring people together and celebrate what makes their local community special.


It could be to celebrate something in your local community or simply to get to know your neighbours better.

Applications for funding open today, 6 July 2016. To be eligible, applicants must be part of a constituted group which has its own bank account. We welcome applications from voluntary or community organisations, schools and statutory bodies, particularly those who have never considered the Big Lottery Fund as a potential source of funding.

Organisations are encouraged to submit their applications early to avoid disappointment as once funds have been allocated, Celebrate will close to new applications.

What would you celebrate in your local area?

For more information and to apply for a Celebrate grant please visit our website.

You can also follow us on Twitter @BIGNIonline and join the conversation at #BigCelebration or Facebook.

*YouGov poll on behalf of the Big Lottery Fund with 2109 respondents, June 2016

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