Champion boxer Carl Frampton is backing supermarket chain Lidl’s Community Works Initiative which last year supported community groups such as Garden in a Box in Londonderry.
This year, Lidl will be offering £6,000 in funding to local groups and large scale projects through each of its 38 stores across Northern Ireland.
That’s a total of £228,000 which will be invested back into the community.
Since the initial launch of Lidl Community Works, Lidl has donated funding and given practical help to over 700 community groups and charities across the country.
Groups from County Londonderry who have benefitted include Garden in a Box in Derry and Hands That Talk in Dungiven.
Lidl is calling for its customers to get behind the campaign and nominate worthy causes that could be in with a fighting chance.
Groups from every background and all projects with a strong purpose are encouraged to apply for funding.
Carl Frampton commented: “There are so many groups who are making a really positive impact in their community.
“Lidl is providing a fantastic opportunity to those who are willing to step forward and share their dreams, so please start nominating!
“I am so grateful for the support I have had from everyone at home throughout my career.
“I love to see communities looking out for each other so I’m thrilled to get behind a cause that encourages that.”
Customers across the province are being invited to nominate groups or projects in their local area that could benefit from Lidl’s support by calling into a local Lidl Store to pick up a nomination form.
The deadline for applications is June 25.
Customers in each store across Northern Ireland will then have the opportunity to decide from a shortlist of three which local community group or project should receive a £4,000 investment with the two runners up each receiving £1,000.
* The ‘Garden in a Box’ is a Getting On Well project in the Gasyard Centre. The Getting On Well project was set-up several years ago to connect with people who have become isolated within their respective communities.
* Hands That Talk is a charity volunteer organisation based in Dungiven. The aim of the cross-community charity is to improve the quality of life for deaf people.