Outdoor adventures, swimming lessons and music projects are just some of the fun activities that will take place across Northern Ireland this year thanks to the Red Nose Day Community Cash programme.
Back in January the Belfast Telegraph teamed up with the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and Comic Relief to deliver the small grants programme.
Our readers responded in their droves to the shout out for applications and this week the £50,000 will be distributed to the wide variety of projects doing great work all year round in their communities.
Avila Killmurray, director of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, said: “At the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland we are proud to be working alongside the Belfast Telegraph and Comic Relief to deliver the Red Nose Day Community Cash small grants programme.
“Interest in the programme was exceptionally high this year and while we were unable to fund all applications, we are delighted to have been able to support 87 sporting and community groups across Northern Ireland with their work with local communities.”
Among the groups to benefit is Busy Bee Cross Community Playgroup in Maghera, Co Londonderry.
Donna Park-Fullerton, chair of its management committee explained the parent of a member noticed a Red Nose Community Cash story in this newspaper and suggested the team should apply to replace item recently destroyed by vandalism.
Busy Bees did just that and will now receive £460 toward the purchase of outdoor play equipment.
“We are absolutely delighted to get this funding to invest in play equipment,” Donna said.
“Knowing we will receive the grant has put a big smile on my face.
“With the cash we will be able to develop the outdoor play area and buy a sand pit, construction toys and protective clothing.”
Meanwhile, Bridget Moustafa from Ameera Youth Club based at the Brownlow Resource Centre in Craigavon, Co Armagh, explained its members are thrilled to receive £544 toward swimming classes.
“It’s brilliant news,” she said.
“The community we work in is quite traditional, with the majority of people being from an Asian background, from Pakistan and India.
“Muslim women generally won’t go swimming in a mixed pool; we wanted to find a way to bring different sports and activities to the young women.
“Our girls aged 12 to 25 said they wanted to learn how to swim so the money we receive will go to booking the local pool and an instructor.”
**For a full list of the Northern Ireland groups receiving Red Nose Day Community Cash this year please see below**
Red Nose Day Community Cash grants of up to £1,000 were available to small organisations in Northern Ireland doing work to help local people living tough lives.
Preference was given to applications from community groups with proposals to work with neighbouring organisations from a different community background to their own.
For more information visit www.communityfoundations.org.uk
Full list of groups receiving Red Nose Day Community Cash
The following 87 groups will benefit from the small grants programme this year.
* Braniel Mini Soccer, Belfast: £500.00 for new football club equipment.
* Camowen Partnership Limited, Omagh: £750.00 toward equipment/running costs.
* Ballee and District Community Group, Down: £400.00 toward the cost of a week of outdoor adventures.
* CLEAR Psoriasis, Cookstown: £500.00.
* Dungannon Tigers, Dungannon: £750.00 for equipment and kit.
* Strangford and District Playgroup and After School Club, Down: £400.00 toward Action Outdoors summer project.
* Banbridge Amateur Boxing Club, Banbridge: £500.00 for its Building Capacity project.
* Topp Rural Regeneration and Cultural Society, Ballymoney: £600.00 towards purchase of kitchen ware for refurbished hall.
* Drake Music Project Northern Ireland, Newry: £1,000.00 to set up a new project MUSIC AND MACHINES.
* St Pauls Amateur Boxing Club, Belfast: £600.00 toward the cost of boxing a tournament May 4-5.
* Ulster Elks Juniors Basketball Club, Antrim: £750.00 for project to re-engage under-12 boys from the Carrickfergus area in basketball activities.
* Lagan Village Youth and Community Group (LVYCG), Belfast: £1,000.00 for community design and gardening project.
* Atticall Youth Club, Down: £800.00 toward a street dance facilitator and games equipment.
* Ardglass Development Association, Down: £400.00 to provide 14 disadvantaged children with the chance to participate in outdoor adventures with Action Outdoor Activity Centre, Delamont Country Park.
* Drumduff & Drumnakilly Community Association, Omagh: £500.00 toward outings.
* St Matthews FC, Belfast: £550.00 for facility hire and equipment.
* Open Door, Dungannon: £860.40 to cover the costs of PA Package and Drum Kit Accoustics.
* Ballynagross Football Club, Down: £500.00 for facility hire and equipment for womens team.
* Ardglass Festival Association, Down: £700.00 for climbing wall and archery activities.
* Tirgan Community Association, Magherafelt: £600.00 for crockery and cutlery purchase for the lunch club and community events in new centre.
* Pennyburn Community Playgroup, Derry: £800.00 for tutored musical workshops and an educational nature trail outing.
* Upper Springfield Resource Centre, Belfast: £1,000.00 for a fancy dress family fun day.
* Strabane & District Playclub, Strabane: £775.00 for Summer Intervention Programme - physcial activities programme equipment.
* Suicide. Talking. Education. Prevention. Support (S.T.E.P.S) Mental Health, Magherafelt: £1,000.00 for team building exercises.
* Burnfoot Playgroup, Derry: £600.00 for purchase of specialised blocks.
* Sandy Row Residents Association, Belfast: £660.00 toward costs of senior citizens lunch club.
* 1st Redrock Boys Brigade, Armagh: £500.00 to purchase sofas for teenagers' room.
* Richmount Rural Community Association, Craigavon: £500.00 toward the Yarn & Darn Club.
* Play Tots Mother And Toddler Group, Larne: £500.00 toward rent costs.0
* Via Wings, Down: £750.00 toward the cost of a community festival event.
* Carrickfergus Childminders Drop In Centre, Carrickfergus: £500.00 for rent.
* Portadown Fathers Forum, Craigavon: £450.00 toward the cost of a dads and kids outing.
* Knockmoyle Bowls Club, Omagh: £500.00 toward the cost of a summer bowls competition.
* Drumquin Cycling Club, Omagh: £447.00 for a cycling event.
* PIPS Suicide Prevention Ireland, Belfast: £1,000.00 for the Bounce Back training programme.
* Women's Arts & Crafts Group, Belfast: £300.00 toward craft sessions.
* Kids Inn After School Club, Derry: £735.00 for the purchase of table sports equipment.
* Carrosyl Community Asociation - CPSHCA, Fermanagh: £600.00 for equipment and toys
* Busy Bee Cross Community Playgroup and After Schools, Maghera: £460.00 for purchase of play equipment.
* Naiscoil Charn Tochair, Magherafelt: £500.00 for a climber frame.
* Jennymount Community Association, Belfast: £300.00 tutor costs for Line Dancing.
* Newry & Mourne Carers Association, Newry: £750.00 for a 5 a side league aimed at Young Carers throughout the Southern Health Trust Area.
* Naiscoil Mhachaire Ratha, Derry: £500.00 for a climbing frame.
* Derrychara United Football Club, Fermanagh: £800.00 towards facility hire, equipment and kit for youth team.
* FC Ballynure, Carrickfergus: £600.00 toward IFA coach training.
* Stepping Stones Preschool, Magherafelt: £500.00 for indoor play facilities.
* Belfast Butterfly Club, Belfast: £1,000.00 approved for basic overhead costs and special event costs.
* Burnfoot Community Development Association, Derry: £500.00 for summer scheme crafts and drama costs.
* Dean Clarke Foundation, Belfast: £750.00
* Lincoln Courts Youth and Community Association, Derry: £1,000.00 for first aid and safety course x 6 volunteers and OCN level 1 course x 2 volunteers
* South Lough Neagh Regeneration Association, Dungannon: £400.00 toward the cost of a laser printer.
* Enagh Youth Forum, Derry: £460.00 toward the costs of an instructor and fitness packs.
* Loughshore Care Partnership, Dungannon: £500.00 for information events.
* PIPS Families, Belfast: £1,000.00 for art therapy sessions for individuals bereaved by suicide.
* Carryduff Colts Football Club, Down: £500.00 toward a cross community football project.
* Ridgeway Rovers Football Club, Belfast: £750.00 toward a summer training project.
* Goal Line Youth Trust, Craigavon: £555.00 for mentor costs.
* Strule Advocates, Omagh: £500.00 toward running costs and equipment.
* Enniskillen Town United Football Club, Fermanagh: £800.00 toward four weekend cross-community football tournaments.
* First Steps Early Years Group, Belfast: £500.00 for play items.
* North Belfast United, Belfast: £500.00 for running costs
* Deanby Youth Centre, Belfast: £1,000.00 for collaborative cross community day in the Cliftonville area of North Belfast.
* Albert Foundry Football Club, Belfast: £640.00 for child protection training for 16 volunteers.
* Madden Raparees GAC, Armagh: £500.00 for equipment costs.
* Dragons Unlimited, Derry: £400.00 for the purchase of equipment for martial arts club.
* Ligoniel Working Mens Football Club, Belfast:£500.00 toward May Day club event.
* 33rd Derry Ballinascreen Scouts, Derry: £440.00 for costs of volunteer leaders training, compasses, maps and first aid kits.
* Grove United Football Club, Newtownabbey: £400.00.
* St Teresa's Youth Centre Football Club, Belfast: £700.00 for equipment.
* Rascals Community Playgroup, Omagh: £400.00 toward children's festival.
* Owenkillew Parent and Toddlers Gortin, Omagh: £400.00 toward costs of children's festival event.
* St. Joseph’s Amateur Boxing Club, Derry: £650.00
* Aughnacloy Development Association Ltd (ADA), Dungannon: £750.00 for Summer Festival.
* Pomeroy Afterschool, Cookstown:£750.00 toward cost of drama classes
* Monkstown Amateur Boxing Club, Newtownabbey: £750.00 for the 2013 Boxfit Weekend Programme for young at risk individuals and females.
* Glengormley Amateur Boxing Club, Newtownabbey: £500.00 toward equipment costs.
* Saintfield United Football Club, Down: £600.00 toward equipment for cross community summer football camp in rural Co Down.
* Beechmount Harriers, Belfast: £500.00.
* Saint Oliver Plunkett Football Club, Belfast: £600.00 toward costs of facility hire for autumn football project for five to 10-year-olds.
* Fight Academy Ireland, Lisburn: £600.00.
* Eire Og GAC, Belfast: £500.00 for equipment.
* Illusion School of Dance, Belfast: £400.00 for the purchase of mats and towards competition transport costs.
* Big Fish Club, Omagh: £400.00 toward boat costs for fishing project.
* Teddy Bears Parent and Toddler Group, Dungannon: £800.00 toward running costs, outing and equipment for weekly parents/toddlers in rural area.
* Seacourt Youth Club, Larne: £600.00 to purchase essential equipment for the Street Striker diversionary football project.
* Ameera Youth Club, Craigavon: £544.00 for swimming lessons.
* Polish House in Mid Ulster, Dungannon: £400.00 for an outing to the Ulster American Folk Park.