Arts events, family fun days, and volunteer celebrations are amongst the first projects today sharing in £84,718 of funding from our Celebrate programme.
Across Northern Ireland 21 groups are using grants of £500 to £5,000 to run their own events or activities that allow people to celebrate what makes their local community special. (Find out where the funding has gone in your area)
Here are some of the groups which received funding:
Newington Day Centre are planning a special event to celebrate the contribution the community makes to the centre next spring. The event, funded with a £5,000 grant from our Celebrate programme, will offer a feast of food and music to local people at a venue in north Belfast.
Margaret McCrudden, centre manager, said: “Last year, our volunteers gave approximately 6,000 hours to the centre. They make such a difference because they are the people who can give the one-to-one time to sit with someone to support them in activities or to befriend someone while the staff are doing the more practical things.”
Toome Men’s Shed promotes a holistic and purposeful sense of wellbeing for its members. The group received £4,750 from our Celebrate programme. They will use the money for a daylong celebration of the contribution the men have made to the community over the years to take place later in the year.
Paul McFall from the group said: “We are delighted to receive this money – it will allow us to run an open day to show local people what we do and get more people involved. Our members are at the centre of this but it is for the whole community – we’ll have lots of things for kids to do including a bouncy castle.”
Loughmacrory Community Development Association, which is based in a small village near Omagh, is using a £5,000 grant to run a week of events in September. The whole community will join in activities together to celebrate the group’s 20th anniversary.
Arts Ekta in Belfast were also awarded a £4,900 grant to deliver an arts celebration event called Through the Forest as part of the Belfast Mela which took place in Botanic Gardens at the end of August.
Find out more about Celebrate here. Organisations should submit their applications as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Applications are assessed on a first come first served basis until all funds are awarded.