Funding boost for local community groups
Thursday, 23 February 2017
TWO Roe Valley community groups are celebrating after they received funding from the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland's Acorn Fund.
Ballykelly Men's Shed and the Glens Community Association were just two of the 14 community and voluntary groups from across County Derry~Londonderry to receive grants.
Supported by the Big Lottery Fund, the grants are part of the Acorn Fund's City of Culture Legacy. Groups have been awarded funding of between £500 and £3,000 for exciting and innovative cultural initiatives that will promote social inclusion, encourage talent, increase skills and strengthen community activity.
Ballykelly Men's Shed, comprising of 29 members ranging in age from 18-65, received a grant for the development of a new art installation which will be created using parts of old computers and hard drives.
The men will work with a local artist from now until July, to bring their project to life, after nearly two years of planning. On completion it'll take pride of place in the group's new premises in the village.
Brian McCluskey from the group welcomed the grant: "We're all delighted that the Acorn Fund is supporting our project," he said.
“Not only will it give the men something to work on together as a team, but we will also be sharing and learning new skills. Everyone is looking forward to getting stuck in and creating something that can be enjoyed by the whole village."
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