We are working locally so we can talk to you face to face about your ideas to use National Lottery funding to improve the lives of people and communities.
This helps us to get local knowledge about what matters to you and to build stronger community connections.
We are working in four teams – Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western. This blog is about our Eastern team who cover Antrim and Newtownabbey, Belfast and Ards and North Down council areas.
Our team is:
You can contact any of us if you’d like to chat through an idea that you have that you’d like us to fund.
Here’s a snapshot of what we’ve been doing in your area.
Over the past couple of months our staff based themselves for a day in community venues in Antrim, Bangor, Ballywalter, Glengormley, Newtownards and Portaferry – to provide support to groups who are thinking of applying for funding. Follow our facebook and twitter pages to get updates on future dates and venues.
We are working closer with councils and network organisations to increase our local knowledge and understand challenges, such as those faced by small groups that are volunteer led or supporting people from minority ethnic backgrounds.
Over the past year, we awarded around £1.3m in small grants to projects in the Eastern area through our Awards for All programme. Groups can apply for £300 to £10,000 for projects lasting up to 12 months which involve people in community life and help develop skills, confidence and strength. Awards for All funding is helping the residents of Towell House care home to celebrate their 60th anniversary year.
We have invested around £600,000 in the Eastern area through our People and Communities programme during the past year. Ideas for these projects come from the community, involving people from the start. Groups like Newtownabbey Senior Citizens Forum are helping people like Derek to improve their lives and build on their strengths.
We awarded just over £2m through our Empowering Young People programme to groups in the Eastern area in 2018. We fund projects that give young people the ability to overcome the challenges they face. Young people and the community are involved in the design. Northern Ireland Youth Forum are one of the projects helping young people turn their lives around and get back on track.
Groups recently funded by us in this area, met up in September to share learning with each other. They set the agenda, led the discussions and made lasting connections with other projects.
To get more information about our funding in Northern Ireland see our website.
We are happy to come to your community to chat about the great ideas you have to make your community thrive. You can also contact any of us on the emails above or call 028 9055 1455.