Community funding scheme boosted due to high quality of applications

Mon, 10/06/2019 - 10:52 -- Editor

Due to the sheer volume of ‘high-quality’ applications from young people throughout the North West to the ‘Change Something Fund’, Derry City & Strabane District Council and The National Lottery Community Fund have increased funding by £20k – bringing the final total of grants awarded for youth projects in 2019 to £120k.

The ‘Change Something’ initiative is part of ‘Youth 19’ – a year dedicated to young people in the North West – and is being delivered by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland's Acorn Fund. 

The second round of grants announced today will see 46 groups from across the Derry City & Strabane District Council area share a slice of £70k funding to help ‘Make.Change.Happen’ through a series of projects run by young people that will make a positive impact in their local community.

From an ‘Equine Enrichment’ course for young people with Down Syndrome to a ‘conversational programme’ with older residents, the second round grants will fund ambitious projects during the remainder of ‘Youth 19’ – as well as a number of initiatives focusing on the mental health & wellbeing of young people throughout the City & District.

Welcoming the announcement of the second round grants, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr Michaela Boyle said:

“I’m delighted to see so many of our young people from the length and breadth of our  District apply to – and importantly embrace – this fantastic initiative which allows  them to take a lead role in creating a series of very special projects.

“It’s also great to see Council and The National Lottery Community Fund increasing their funding by £20k – which means more young people and local groups will now be able to develop these worthwhile projects and activities.

“Indeed, the ‘Change Something Fund’ has allowed so many of our young people to take ownership of Youth 19 and turn their imaginative proposals into reality!

“I’m also looking forward to visiting some of the young people and local groups involved and who have been successful in the second round of funding.

“They’re a credit to themselves, their schools and their families, and must be applauded for doing so much to bring positive change to their community!”

Julie Harrison, The National Lottery Community Fund’s NI Chair, said: “It’s great to see the second round of grants awarded to these brilliant initiatives.

“We support great projects that come from ideas from local people, bring people together and help communities to thrive across Northern Ireland – and the ‘Change Something Fund’ is allowing us to do that with young people in the North West.

“We’re also really excited to see National Lottery funding supporting young people to be the change they want to see in their communities.”

Shauna Kelpie, Acorn Fund Development and Support Officer added: “In celebration of Youth 2019, The Acorn Fund has been delighted to see the ‘Change Something Fund’ helping so many young people to bring their hopes and aspirations to life – and empower them to make a positive impact in their local areas. We’ve been supporting communities in the North West since 2014 – and will use our local knowledge and expertise during Youth 19 to help put our young people in the lead on this exciting project.”

Mollie Woods, one of the young judging panel members, concluded: “I’ve really enjoyed the experience of being a member of the ‘Change Something’ judging panel and hearing from so many young people about what they want to change in their community.

“It has also been clear from the amazing response to the applications process for both the first and second round of grants that so many young people from throughout the City & District are really passionate about their local community and want to make a difference!”

For further information on the Change Something Fund visit www.derrystrabane.com/changesomething

Here is the list of projects already awarded money under the 2nd round of funding:

  • Brady Academy awarded £2,000 towards their traditional music programme led by Steven McKeever.
  • Brass Works - Strabane Brass Band awarded £2,000 towards their masterclass and performance lead by John Gallagher.
  • Club Oige Setanta awarded £1,000 towards their social club activities including funding to purchase floor covering, pool table and other interactive activities led by Caoishe Mc Laughlin.
  • Cruise Centre awarded £2,000 towards their multimedia and YouTube channel development led by Gavin Canning.
  • Dennett Anglers awarded £1,590 towards their CAST Awards led by Gary Buchanan.
  • Derg Valley Hospitality Association awarded £1,690 towards the costs of hire of their staging for their ‘Open Mic’ event for young people led by Tristan Cochrane.
  • Derg Valley Angling Club awarded £1,590 towards the costs of their ‘Introduction to Angling’ course led by Eimear Gallagher.
  • Derg Valley Ladies Hockey Club awarded £1,590 towards the costs of the hire of equipment for their fun hockey tournament led by Rebecca Stewart.
  • Derry and Raphoe Action Limited awarded £2,344 towards the costs of their Ulster Scots Speaking Competition and Ulster Scots Music Youth Band led by Kathryn McLaughlin.
  • Enagh Youth Forum awarded £2,300 towards the costs of their Community Media Productions led by Harley Mc Kittrick.
  • Echo Echo Dance Company awarded £1,200 towards the costs of their music and movement programme led by Paul Nicholl.
  • First Act Theatre awarded £600 towards their workshop costs with older people led by Conor Polley.
  • Foyle College awarded £600 towards the costs of providing reading materials in their ‘Peer Reading Programme’ led by senior pupils.
  • Foyle Down Syndrome Trust awarded £800 towards the costs of their ‘Equine Enrichment’ course led by Laura Duddy.
  • Greater Shantallow Community Arts awarded £1,440 towards the costs of equipment needed for their intergenerational conversational programme with local older residents led by Holly Bonner.
  • Include Youth awarded £1,990 towards the costs of transportation for young people to attend the creative programme in Strabane led by Jessica Barnett.
  • Involve awarded £1,206 towards the costs of their visual art project led by Sean Devir.
  • In Your Space awarded £1,590 towards the trainer costs of their Youth Troupe led by Eve Crouch.
  • Jazz Life Alliance awarded £2,000 towards the costs of their programme of gigs and workshops.
  • Kerala Association awarded £650 towards the costs of good relations and cultural sharing programme led by Ms Anita Sibin.
  • Killeter Development Trust awarded £906 towards the volunteering costs and branding for their environmental clean-up led by Jenna and Katie Young.
  • KVC Creativity awarded £1,540 towards the costs of their after school cookery programme led by Zena Cowan.
  • Londonderry YMCA awarded £2,090 towards their student destress programme led by Jodie Gillespie.
  • Mandarin Association Speakers Derry awarded £1,206 towards the costs of their Chinese cultural exchange workshops with local young people led by Wenzhao Gao, Anna Jin and Lai Helen Wei.
  • Millennium Forum awarded £1,780 towards the costs of their ‘Energy of Light’ disco for young people with disabilities led by Vanessa McGeehan.
  • North West Carnival Initiative awarded £1,706 towards the costs of their engagement plans for the participation of young 14-25 year old LBGTQ+ community in the Halloween Carnival Parade.
  • On Street Community Youth awarded £1,206 towards the costs of the driving theory test and provisional licences for 12 young women at risk of further offending and participating in anti-social behaviour led by Tina Curtis.
  • Our Space awarded £500 towards the costs of making a youth video.
  • Outer West Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership awarded £1,000 towards the costs of Life Coach and Sports Coach facilitation led by Darwen Spencer.
  • Sollus School of Highland Dance awarded £1,400 towards the costs of their professional workshops led by Sophie Killen, Emma Miller, Jessica Taggart, Emily Pearl, and Naomi Mitchell.
  • St Cecilia's College awarded £806 towards the costs of fun literacy activities for students with dyslexia from across all the year groups led by Emma McLaughlin.
  • St Columb's College awarded £1,090 towards the costs of a 5K run and baseline surveys of participants around their mental health led by Tom Burns.
  • St Columb’s Park Reconciliation Trust awarded £706 towards the costs of their ‘Peace in the Park Youth Games Night’ led by Aoife Quigley and Zac Simpson.
  • St Columb’s Park Reconciliation Trust awarded £2,090 towards the costs of their project to work with  local coffee shops to try to eliminate single use plastics led by Jodie Desmond and Olive Brown.
  • St Mary's College awarded £800 towards the costs of their workshop with Bruiser Theatre Company in preparation for their musical.
  • Strabane A.Y.E awarded £1,652 towards the costs of the fishery course and CAST awards led by Sean Casey.
  • Strabane Training Services awarded £2,355 towards the costs of improving their premises so that young people have somewhere to go.
  • Strathfoyle Youth Centre awarded £2,206 towards the costs of their summer programme led by Katherine Quinn.
  • The Arts Academy awarded £1,606 towards the costs of their music programme and rehearsal space led by Aaron Browne.
  • The Nerve Centre awarded £2,090 towards the costs of their gig hosting Joe Talbot for young people led by Lochalainn Kelly.
  • The Obon Foyle Festival Group awarded £2,177 towards the costs of their drums and other equipment needed to develop their skills led by Ethan Montgomery.
  • The Store Front awarded £2,177 towards the costs of their pop-up shop and workshops on sustainable clothing led by Conor McKinney.
  • The Void Art Gallery awarded £1,325 towards the costs of their week long creative programme which will coincide with Pride Festival in August led by Xavier Beardwood.
  • Triax Neighbourhood Board awarded £1,000 towards community workshops to be led by Danny Wade.
  • UUM Trad awarded £2,000 towards the costs of their Irish Traditional masterclasses.
  • Verbal Arts Centre awarded £1,700 towards the costs of the ’Man Down’ fabric bands.
  • Brady Academy awarded £2,000 towards their traditional music programme led by Steven McKeever.
  • Brass Works - Strabane Brass Band awarded £2,000 towards their masterclass and performance lead by John Gallagher.
  • Club Oige Setanta awarded £1,000 towards their social club activities including funding to purchase floor covering, pool table and other interactive activities led by Caoishe Mc Laughlin.
  • Cruise Centre awarded £2,000 towards their multimedia and YouTube channel development led by Gavin Canning.
  • Dennett Anglers awarded £1,590 towards their CAST Awards led by Gary Buchanan.
  • Derg Valley Hospitality Association awarded £1,690 towards the costs of hire of their staging for their ‘Open Mic’ event for young people led by Tristan Cochrane.
  • Derg Valley Angling Club awarded £1,590 towards the costs of their ‘Introduction to Angling’ course led by Eimear Gallagher.
  • Derg Valley Ladies Hockey Club awarded £1,590 towards the costs of the hire of equipment for their fun hockey tournament led by Rebecca Stewart.
  • Derry and Raphoe Action Limited awarded £2,344 towards the costs of their Ulster Scots Speaking Competition and Ulster Scots Music Youth Band led by Kathryn McLaughlin.
  • Enagh Youth Forum awarded £2,300 towards the costs of their Community Media Productions led by Harley Mc Kittrick.
  • Echo Echo Dance Company awarded £1,200 towards the costs of their music and movement programme led by Paul Nicholl.
  • First Act Theatre awarded £600 towards their workshop costs with older people led by Conor Polley.
  • Foyle College awarded £600 towards the costs of providing reading materials in their ‘Peer Reading Programme’ led by senior pupils.
  • Foyle Down Syndrome Trust awarded £800 towards the costs of their ‘Equine Enrichment’ course led by Laura Duddy.
  • Greater Shantallow Community Arts awarded £1,440 towards the costs of equipment needed for their intergenerational conversational programme with local older residents led by Holly Bonner.
  • Include Youth awarded £1,990 towards the costs of transportation for young people to attend the creative programme in Strabane led by Jessica Barnett.
  • Involve awarded £1,206 towards the costs of their visual art project led by Sean Devir.
  • In Your Space awarded £1,590 towards the trainer costs of their Youth Troupe led by Eve Crouch.
  • Jazz Life Alliance awarded £2,000 towards the costs of their programme of gigs and workshops.
  • Kerala Association awarded £650 towards the costs of good relations and cultural sharing programme led by Ms Anita Sibin.
  • Killeter Development Trust awarded £906 towards the volunteering costs and branding for their environmental clean-up led by Jenna and Katie Young.
  • KVC Creativity awarded £1,540 towards the costs of their after school cookery programme led by Zena Cowan.
  • Londonderry YMCA awarded £2,090 towards their student destress programme led by Jodie Gillespie.
  • Mandarin Association Speakers Derry awarded £1,206 towards the costs of their Chinese cultural exchange workshops with local young people led by Wenzhao Gao, Anna Jin and Lai Helen Wei.
  • Millennium Forum awarded £1,780 towards the costs of their ‘Energy of Light’ disco for young people with disabilities led by Vanessa McGeehan.
  • North West Carnival Initiative awarded £1,706 towards the costs of their engagement plans for the participation of young 14-25 year old LBGTQ+ community in the Halloween Carnival Parade.
  • On Street Community Youth awarded £1,206 towards the costs of the driving theory test and provisional licences for 12 young women at risk of further offending and participating in anti-social behaviour led by Tina Curtis.
  • Our Space awarded £500 towards the costs of making a youth video.
  • Outer West Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership awarded £1,000 towards the costs of Life Coach and Sports Coach facilitation led by Darwen Spencer.
  • Sollus School of Highland Dance awarded £1,400 towards the costs of their professional workshops led by Sophie Killen, Emma Miller, Jessica Taggart, Emily Pearl, and Naomi Mitchell.
  • St Cecilia's College awarded £806 towards the costs of fun literacy activities for students with dyslexia from across all the year groups led by Emma McLaughlin.
  • St Columb's College awarded £1,090 towards the costs of a 5K run and baseline surveys of participants around their mental health led by Tom Burns.
  • St Columb’s Park Reconciliation Trust awarded £706 towards the costs of their ‘Peace in the Park Youth Games Night’ led by Aoife Quigley and Zac Simpson.
  • St Columb’s Park Reconciliation Trust awarded £2,090 towards the costs of their project to work with  local coffee shops to try to eliminate single use plastics led by Jodie Desmond and Olive Brown.
  • St Mary's College awarded £800 towards the costs of their workshop with Bruiser Theatre Company in preparation for their musical.
  • Strabane A.Y.E awarded £1,652 towards the costs of the fishery course and CAST awards led by Sean Casey.
  • Strabane Training Services awarded £2,355 towards the costs of improving their premises so that young people have somewhere to go.
  • Strathfoyle Youth Centre awarded £2,206 towards the costs of their summer programme led by Katherine Quinn.
  • The Arts Academy awarded £1,606 towards the costs of their music programme and rehearsal space led by Aaron Browne.
  • The Nerve Centre awarded £2,090 towards the costs of their gig hosting Joe Talbot for young people led by Lochalainn Kelly.
  • The Obon Foyle Festival Group awarded £2,177 towards the costs of their drums and other equipment needed to develop their skills led by Ethan Montgomery.
  • The Store Front awarded £2,177 towards the costs of their pop-up shop and workshops on sustainable clothing led by Conor McKinney.
  • The Void Art Gallery awarded £1,325 towards the costs of their week long creative programme which will coincide with Pride Festival in August led by Xavier Beardwood.
  • Triax Neighbourhood Board awarded £1,000 towards community workshops to be led by Danny Wade.
  • UUM Trad awarded £2,000 towards the costs of their Irish Traditional masterclasses.
  • Verbal Arts Centre awarded £1,700 towards the costs of the ’Man Down’ fabric bands.