Eight Community groups across Northern Ireland have £2.7 million reasons to celebrate

The Space & Place Programme is delighted to announce its latest round of grants to organisations across Northern Ireland totalling over £2.7million. Projects will transform underused, contested and neglected space across Northern Ireland including in Fermanagh, Benburb, Newry, Kilkeel, Lisburn, Belfast, and Co. Armagh.

In total, eight projects will be funded under what will be the second round of funding to be awarded by the programme in just over a year. Grants will be used for a wide variety of purposes including the provision of a dedicated centre for children with autism as well as the construction of assisted living accommodation for those in housing distress to name a few.
Projects to be funded include:

  • Boho Community Association: £300,000, based in Fermanagh the group will create a ‘Field for All’ complete with an outdoor gym on currently disused land
  • St John Bosco Regional Youth Centre: £350,000, based in Newry the group will transform a patch of waste ground into a sports facility
  • Corran Community Association: £349,000, based in Co. Armagh the group will replace their local hall with a new building for the use of the whole community
  • Helping Hands Autism Support Group: £350,000 based in East Belfast the group will transform a derelict building into a dedicated Autism Resource Centre;
  • Benburb and District Community Association: £308,000 based in Benburb the group will develop a walking trail, fitness pods, social hubs, a Grow Wild area and fencing around an existing sports pitch
  • Michael Davitts GAC: £345,000, based in West Belfast the group will develop a community facility that incorporates nature and trim trails, an outdoor green gym, a children’s play park and community garden and allotment area;
  • The Resurgam Community Development Trust: £350,000 based in Lisburn the group will build assisted accommodation and a social enterprise unit in the centre of Lisburn; and
  • Newry Street Unite Community Association: £349,000 based in Kilkeel the group will construct and fit out a purpose built community building which will improve facilities for everyone in the area.

Michael Hughes Space & Place Co-Ordinator, said: “The Space & Place Consortium headed up by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland is delighted to be making more grants and investing almost £2.7million into local communities to help them better connect through the use of space.
“We have seen first-hand the positive impact these grants have had in communities throughout Northern Ireland following previous Space & Place awards. We now look forward to enabling more people to transform underused or neglected spaces in their communities through this round of grants which will in turn also tackle a diverse range of issues including social isolation and lack of facilities in many areas,” said Michael.
Frank Hewitt, the Big Lottery Fund’s NI Chair said: “We understand how important good quality space is and we hope that the projects getting funding today will make a real difference to the people and communities they live in.”