Donemana and Castlederg groups to benefit from Big Lottery funding

by Ciara Maguire

TWO local communities are to benefit from the latest round of Lottery funding.

Donemana Cricket Club and Drumclamph and Clare Parish Churches are among a number of West Tyrone organisations who have been included in the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme funding.

Donemana Cricket Club is using a £10,000 grant to refurbish the club’s changing rooms and kitchen, which will make the club more usable for everyone in the community.

Elsewhere, Drumclamph and Clare Parish Churches based in Castlederg are using their £10,000 grant to renovate their hall with a kitchen refurbishment, electrical work and upgrading the youth wing to make the hall more energy efficient and accessible for all members of the community.

Julie Harrison, Big Lottery Fund NI chairperson, said: “I am delighted to announce these grants under the Awards for All programme and I want to say thanks to all the National Lottery players who have helped make this possible.

“Awards for All funds health, education, environment and community projects that help people bring about positive change in their lives, improve health and well-being, develop skills and create safer communities.

“The application process is simple and accessible and shall remain so, making it easy for applicants to successfully apply for small pots of funding that can have such a big impact on local communities and lives.”

Welcoming the funding allocations, West Tyrone MLA., Daniel McCrossan, said Stormont should be delivering much more.

“I fully welcome this news that around £70,000 have been awarded to local organisations, schools and churches. There is an array of services these provide which fundamentally benefit the community of West Tyrone. These organisations work hard, their staff are role models and I look forward to engaging with them as they roll out their projects and initiatives,” he said.

Mr McCrossan added: “This award of money does call into question what Stormont and its departments are delivering for organisations within West Tyrone.

“There is a great need for initiatives to tackle things like child poverty, deprivation, unemployment and fuel poverty. I see very little being done by the Stormont departments to tackle this.”

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