Limavady group LCDI to deliver volunteer grants scheme

Minister Paul Givan with (L-R) Mary McNickle, Association of Independent Volunteer Centres, Johnny McShane, Limavady Community Development Initiative, Lindsay Armstrong, Volunteer Now and Aine Rose Crilly Howe, a student at Takewondo Academy which benefited from the Programme funding.
Minister Paul Givan with (L-R) Mary McNickle, Association of Independent Volunteer Centres, Johnny McShane, Limavady Community Development Initiative, Lindsay Armstrong, Volunteer Now and Aine Rose Crilly Howe, a student at Takewondo Academy which benefited from the Programme funding.

Limavady Community Development Initiative has been selected to deliver a grants programme available to organisations throughout Northern Ireland to recruit and support volunteers.

Department for Communities Minister Paul Givan launched the 2016/2017 Volunteering Small Grants Programme earlier this month.

Organisations that apply could receive grants of between £200 and £1,200.

To be eligible, organisations must be formally constituted and must have an annual income not exceeding £100,000 per year.

Minister Givan said: “I am fully aware of the importance of volunteering to individuals, to communities and to society as a whole. Programmes such as this in association with our delivery partners demonstrate my Department’s commitment to nurturing the ethos of volunteering.”

The overall aim of the programme includes increasing and encouraging volunteer activity and diversity by groups under-represented in the volunteering population and promoting innovative methods of supporting new and existing volunteers.

Small Grants Manager at LCDI, Johnny McShane, says they’re proud to have been selected as one of the delivery partners on behalf of the Department for Communities (DfC).

LCDI says it has “always had community at the heart of all its operations”.

“So with now being in a position to help community and voluntary groups throughout N.Ireland to promote, recruit and retain volunteers is a fantastic legacy for LCDI to be a part of,” he said.

LCDI are working in partnership with the Association of Independent Volunteer Centres (AIVC, North West Volunteer Centre and Volunteer Now to deliver the scheme; partner organisations with “vast experience within the voluntary sector and they are a great help to the local groups within their reach”.

Mr. McShane said: “It is humbling to see the amount of innovative volunteering going on at grass roots level in the villages, towns and cities across Northern Ireland. The team are excited to see what will come in this latest tranche, which gives groups the opportunity to apply for volunteer costs like training, clothing, etc or project cost funding like heat, light, rent etc.”

Further information can be found lcdi.co.uk/smallgrants