Space & Place make 1st Grants Totalling £3.4million

The Space & Place programme is pleased to announce their first grantees who will shortly be breaking ground on projects funded to the sum of £3.3million.

Projects will transform underused, contested and neglected space across Northern Ireland from Belfast to Newry, Armagh, Omagh, Limavady, Derry, Middletown and Blackwatertown to name but a few!

In total, 9 projects will be funded under the first Tranche One, including Strabane Community Project Ltd who will be using their £317,000 to create a bespoke community centre and garden project and Little Rascals Community Playgroup in Limavady who will be building a new community centre to house the playgroup and range of community programme and services with their £340,000.

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council are leading a partnership of groups to build a ‘unity’ bridge over the notorious Blackburn path to connect St Marys and Limavady High Schools together and open up both schools for educational and community use.

Other groups receiving funding include Scraghey and District Community Development Association, The Brain Injury Foundation, O’Neills GFC An Portmor, St John’s Parish in Middletown, Fountain Dance Association and the Annadale and Haywood Residents Association.

Dawn Shackels, Space & Place Co-Ordinator, said: “The Space & Place Consortium is delighted to be making the first grants to organisations across Northern Ireland.

“The application process was highly competitive and all the groups involved, not just those who have been successful, put in months of hard work to develop their projects, carry out consultation and commit their ideas to paper.

“Communities across Northern Ireland – from Belfast to Strabane – will reap the rewards of this funding and I am confident that the projects will make a real difference in connecting both people and communities together through the reimagining and redevelopment of underused and neglected space and place.“

Frank Hewitt, the Big Lottery Fund’s NI Chair said: “We are delighted to be associated with the first announcement of funding under the Space and Place programme.

“We know that there is a lot of demand to provide new spaces and places and use existing ones better and I believe that the projects receiving funding today will make a real difference to the lives of many people by improving the area that they live in”.