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Funding boost for community groups in Derry

Shauna Kelpie, Development Officer for the Acorn Fund pictured with Faustina O'Hagan and Eamon Nugent from Liberty Consortium, one of the community groups across County Derry~Londonderry that is set to benefit from one of the Acorn Fund's three funding programmes.

Shauna Kelpie, Development Officer for the Acorn Fund pictured with Faustina O'Hagan and Eamon Nugent from Liberty Consortium, one of the community groups across County Derry~Londonderry that is set to benefit from one of the Acorn Fund's three funding programmes.

The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland’s Acorn Fund has announced the list of grantees set to benefit from its three funding programmes.

This first round of funding will support several innovative community arts and culture projects across County Derry and will also enable six individual awards to young people.

Thirteen projects will be supported through the Legacy Grants and The Acorn Giving Circle, while Inspire Bursaries of up to £3,000 have been awarded to six young people with disabilities, allowing them to pursue training in the arts.

Supported by the Big Lottery Fund, the 2013 City of Culture Legacy Grants were awarded to eight wide-ranging quality arts and culture initiatives across the county.

The Nerve Centre will work with Artichoke, the creative minds behind last year’s light spectacular, Lumiere, and local communities, to deliver a public light performance by internationally renowned artist David Best, entitled ‘Temple’.

The installation will include a repository for visitor messages and testimonies of personal and collective stories.

Guildhall Press will re-establish one of the City of Culture’s 2013 key community projects, Portrait of a City. The publishing company will continue to engage the public and build on the digital photographic and film archive by hosting several collection days across the summer.

Other recipients of the Legacy Grant include; the Foyle Down Syndrome Trust, Glasgowbury Rural Key Programme, Learmount Community Development Group Ltd (Park Village), Liberty Consortium and the North West Play Resource Centre.

These projects will aim to promote health and well-being within their communities, help young people to break marginalisation patterns and address rural isolation.

A further five county-wide community groups will benefit from The Acorn Giving Circle (AGC), entirely funded by a group of local philanthropists dedicated to helping improve the lives of children and young people in the Derry City Council area.

A grant of £500 was awarded to the pupils of Holy Family Primary and Nursery School, which allowed them to travel to the world famous Royal Albert Hall for an once-in-a-lifetime performance, after winning the Barnardo’s National Choir of the Year competition earlier this year. Another £500 will help towards the cost of Extern’s horticulture project for young people aged 10 – 17 living in residential care or in custody.

Speaking about the allocation of funding, Shauna Kelpie, Acorn Fund Development Officer said: ‘It is such an exciting time for the Acorn Fund to be at the point where we can announce the first round of recipients for all three funding programmes.”

The Acorn Fund also announced the recipients of its Inspire Bursaries Programme.

Funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation UK, grants of up to £3000 have been awarded to six young people with disabilities allowing them to pursue training in their chosen arts.

Donna-Marie Duddy will use her bursary to produce her debut EP on a limited edition 12” vinyl for release in the Autumn while Emma O’Kane will use the bursary to pursue further her training in dance and performance.

All of the successful applicants will receive mentored support during and following their award period from the Acorn Fund, and will in turn act as mentors for future bursary recipients.

 

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