National Lottery funding, a welcome Christmas present for community groups in Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon .
The National Lottery Community Fund has announced £3,313,174 of grants benefiting 93 community projects, supporting people across Northern Ireland, including 13 projects in the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon area.
Projects being funded are supporting those in need over the festive season and enabling communities to have a better 2022 through activities to improve mental health, support children with disabilities and help people new to Northern Ireland to integrate.
One of the groups funded is Community Intercultural Programme (CIP). They are using a £200,000 grant to support young people in the Craigavon and Portadown area, the majority of whom will be from minority ethnic backgrounds, to learn new skills, build strong relationships and play a greater role in their community. Over three years the project will run activities to improve wellbeing, reduce isolation, improve engagement with education and help to create a more inclusive community.
The 1825 Project, which works in Brownlow and the wider Craigavon area has received a £386,624 grant to upskill young people to contribute to community development and activities and help them become future community leaders and make improvements to the local community. Over five years the project will run activities focusing on the issues young people face such as mental health problems, climate change, anti-social behaviour and poverty. Young people will help recruit new cohorts to take part in the project and will act as young leaders, trainers and peer mentors.
Paul Sweeney, The National Lottery Community Fund’s NI Chair, said: “It’s inspiring to see such a diverse range of projects being funded as we continue to rise to the challenges of COVID-19, helping people stay connected and supporting wellbeing.
“Thanks to the money raised by people who play The National Lottery, these grants will make a big difference to people across Northern Ireland in 2022 and beyond.”
Also receiving funding in the local area are Garrymore Residents Association and Waringstown Community Development Association.