Community Philanthropy celebrated by Space & Place

The Big Lottery Funded Space & Place programme gathered together its grantees recently to share the learning from its £15 million programme.

The event also recognised the work of communities throughout Northern Ireland who have been funded by the programme.

The Space & Place programme is a £15 million Big Lottery funded capital grants programme which seeks to connect more people and communities together by making use of underused or difficult space.  The programme is delivered by a consortium headed up by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.

The event held in Armagh, brought together people from all the Space & Place funded projects to celebrate achievements to date and to share their experiences of working on projects.

Participants also heard from Jenny Hodgson from the Global Fund for Community Foundations who congratulated Space & Place grantees on their achievements and commitment to enhancing their communities. She highlighted the importance of community philanthropy in creating durable development to maximise the spaces & places where people live.

Commenting on the event, Michael Hughes Space & Place Programme Co-ordinator said; “It has been great to bring together our Space & Place grantees - not only to find out how their communities are being transformed by Space & Place funding, but to create connections between the communities across Northern Ireland engaged in the programme.

 “The majority of projects are volunteer-led and have received funding ranging from £187,000 up to £1,000,000. This is a massive undertaking for the volunteers and communities involved but we are delighted with progress to date which clearly demonstrates a wide range of communities and people being connected through the spaces that are being developed,” said Michael.

To find out more about the Space & Place funded project in your area, please click here.