66 groups are celebrating their local community

Groups across Northern Ireland today are sharing in £256,645 from our Celebrate programme. A total of 66 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.

(Click here to download a full list of awards)


Here are some examples of what has been funded:

North West Migrants Forum supports minority ethnic communities and refugees living in the North West. They have been awarded £5,000 for a series of events to bring people from different cultures together. Up to 600 people from ethnic minority and migrant communities, including families of Syrian refugees, will be invited.

Millisle Health and Wellbeing Group also received £5,000. The group improves the health and wellbeing of residents and holiday makers in Millisle and are using the grant to recreate the bygone era of seaside entertainment, in Millisle, in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s by holding a community fun day offering a range of activities.

PIPS (Newry & Mourne) Limited provides a range of professional counselling, mentoring and befriending support across the Southern Trust area. They are using a £4,500 grant for a Christmas Remembrance, Hope and Healing event for people who have been bereaved through suicide, which is open to everyone in the community.

Also receiving funding is Creggan Education & Research Services (CERS), based near Omagh, which provides resources and facilities for people in An Creagan and the surrounding areas. They are using their £3,250 grant to host a Big Family Picnic at An Creagan.

Joanne McDowell, Big Lottery Fund NI Director, said: “Today’s Big Lottery Fund grants celebrate what’s special about individual communities across Northern Ireland. From Christmas celebrations to cultural activities and fun days, these events will bring people together to volunteer, have fun and meet more people in their area.”

The Celebrate funding programme is now closed to applications.

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