Hat-trick of Big Lottery awards for Larne groups

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Three groups in the Larne area are sharing in a grants windfall from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme.

The small grants programme is awarding grants totalling over £25,000 to the local groups as part of a grants roll-out of £564,137 to 73 groups across Northern Ireland.

Awards for All offers community, voluntary and statutory groups the chance to apply for small grants of between £500 and £10,000 that will have a big impact on local communities and the lives of people most in need.

Learning to Grow, which provides training and activities to educate local people about horticulture and healthy eating, has been awarded a grant of £10,000 to buy a kindling machine to recycle timber.

Drumalis Environment Group, which aims to raise awareness of environmental issues, has also been awarded a grant of £5,888 to run a conference in the local area.

Brookies Korner, a community group providing day care, recreation and education for local children, is also receiving £9,445 to help with their start up of their business.

Frank Hewitt, Big Lottery Fund NI chair, said: “The Big Lottery Fund’s NI Awards for All programme funds health, education, environment and community projects that help people bring about positive change in their lives, improve health and well-being, develop skills and create safer communities.

“The application process is simple and accessible and shall remain so, making it easy for applicants to successfully apply for small pots of funding that can have such a big impact on local communities and lives.”