The work of Coleraine-based community organisations has been recognised at a special 30th anniversary reception at Stormont organised by the Lloyd’s Bank Foundation for Northern Ireland.
Among those who attended the reception were: Victoria Kennedy and Adrian Eakin from Building Ballysally Together, which received £5,000 towards running costs, stock costs and Essential Skills training and Karen Millar and Sean O’Hare of Home Start, Causeway, which received £5,000 towards running costs.
Also attending was Bernie Cosgrove from West Bann Development, which received a grant of £5,000 towards its Administrator’s post and Patricia Morris from Big Telly Theatre Company in Portstewart, which received £3,000 towards the Machinations project.
Other Coleraine groups to receive funding included: Coleraine 50+ Forum, which received £1,400 towards the cost of 12 information sessions and Causeway Volunteer Centre, which received £3,000 toward its Co-ordinator’s salary costs.
The Lloyds Bank Foundation for Northern Ireland has distributed £32.5m grant aid to more than 8,000 charities since it formed 30 years ago.
Through its five grant programmes in 2014 the Foundation released funding of £1.48 million, amounting to 549 separate grants for charity and community and voluntary groups from every corner of Northern Ireland.
Sandara Kelso-Robb, Executive Director of the Lloyds Bank Foundation for Northern Ireland said the organisation would continue its vital role in funding valuable projects.
“The Foundation is proud to have been part of the life of Northern Ireland for the past 30 years and it will continue to provide support to the thousands of people and organisations that make a huge difference to deprived communities. The cuts in public sector spending mean that our work is more important than ever.”