Space & Place programme announces £4.3 million of funding for Northern Ireland communities in its final round of awards

The Space & Place Programme is delighted to announce its final round of grants to organisations across Northern Ireland totalling £4.3million - the largest amount awarded to date by Space & Place in any round. Projects will transform underused, contested and neglected space across Northern Ireland.

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

The consortium also includes Groundwork NI, the Rural Community Network, the Public Health Agency, the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and the Northern Ireland Environmental Link.

In total, thirteen projects will be supported under this final round of funding. Grants will be used for a wide variety of purposes including community hubs, an older people’s gym, women’s centre and youth club. 

Projects to be funded include: 

Atlas Women’s Centre - £349,070 to develop internal and external space at their current facilities creating a new crèche and sensory roof-top garden (Lisburn)

Burren Vision - £346,008 to rebuild their existing youth club and create a facility that can deliver a range of activities for the entire community and neighbouring towns (Newry)

Cashel Community Association - £337,551 to upgrade and extend the existing community centre helping to address isolation experienced due to the group’s rural and border location (Fermanagh)

Eire Og An Charraig Mhor Hurling and Camogie Club - £309,170 for the development of a multi-use community facility, including athletics track on the site of a previously contested space within the village (Carrickmore)

Eoghain Rua Kilcoo GAC - £349,791 to construct a new-build community centre for the village within the grounds of the local GAC, helping to address social isolation and assist with creating greater community connections (Kilcoo)

First Steps Women’s Centre - £343,730 to renovate and expand their current premises allowing provision of a permanent crèche, computer suites, counselling room, training rooms, larger kitchen and therapy rooms (Dungannon)

Friends of Glenariffe - £350,000 for the development of a community and recreation centre for the village which the group hopes will help address rural isolation and act as a catalyst for the development of linkages with community and statutory agencies for the better delivery of services in the area (Glenariffe)

Irish Street Community & Youth Association - £187,549 for the reimaging of a derelict, underused and inaccessible space into a fully functional, accessible and inclusive outdoor community green space (Derry~Londonderry)

Killylea Silver Band - £339,573 for the regeneration of the 19th century old school hall which is currently derelict and which when complete will provide space for the local community association as well as creating a facility for culture, training, amateur dramatics and a range of community projects for local groups (Killylea)

Loughmacrory Community Development Association - £350,000 for the extension of the Loughview Centre creating a gym specifically for older and less abled people as well as a multi-purpose studio, allotments and lit riverside boardwalk (Tyrone)

North Fermanagh Ulster Scots Association - £349,036 for the refurbishment and extension of Dromard Hall creating new meeting spaces for use by the whole community, addressing issues including social isolation and providing enhanced health and well-being for the area (Fermanagh)

Seagoe Football Club - £349,521 for the replacement of portacabin structures with a multi-purpose community building which will cater for a range of groups and organisations in the area currently struggling to find appropriate facilities (Portadown)

Springfield Charitable Association - £350,000 for the reconfiguration of a former health and social care trust building to a day resource centre for older people consisting of activity and treatment rooms, hydrotherapy pool, older people’s community gym, library and consultation rooms. There will also be an urban allotment and sensory roof garden (Belfast)

Michael Hughes Space & Place Co-Ordinator, said: “We are delighted to be awarding £4.3 million to communities across NI in what will be the final round of Space and Place funding.

A number of projects have opened their doors having been funded in previous Space & Place rounds and we have already seen the positive impact new facilities are having in terms of better connecting people and communities. 

“We now look forward to enabling more people to transform underused or neglected spaces in their communities through this final 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. 

Joanne McDowell, Big Lottery Fund NI director, said: “We understand how important good quality space is and we are delighted to see these 13 projects across Northern Ireland receiving funding today. We hope they will make a real difference to local people and the communities they live in.”

Atlas Womens Centre

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