A total of nine community and voluntary groups across County Derry have been awarded City of Culture legacy grants through the Acorn Fund.
The recipients include; Eglinton Community Group, who will provide dance workshops to older people, helping them unlock their creativity and reduce rural isolation.
In Your Space performance company will work with children and young people from Ardnashee Special School and Lisneal School, to establish a 10-week circus programme, whilst Stage Beyond Theatre Company will use their grant to explore sexuality, relationships and identity amongst young adults with leaning difficulties.
Other recipients of a Legacy Grant are; the Tobermore Community Project, Waterside Theatre, Roe Valley Musicians Collective, New Building Community and Environment Association , An Gaeláras and Lettershandoney District and Development Group. These projects aim to promote health and well-being within their communities, help young people to break marginalisation patterns and address rural isolation.
Shauna Kelpie, Acorn Fund development officer said: “The Acorn Fund is focused on making sure that everyone has the opportunity to get involved with arts and culture.
“It is inspiring to see so many brilliant local community and voluntary groups working hard to improve our local community and it is with great pleasure that we are able to help them continue their work.
“We’ve already seen how a small amount of funding can make a huge difference to the success of projects, creating social networks, promoting social cohesion and empowering communities.”
Frank Hewitt, the Big Lottery Fund’s NI chair said: “The wide range of diverse and exciting projects being supported will build on the successes of the first UK City of Culture and the investment we made through our Culture for All programme.
“We are looking forward to hearing more about the work of these groups.”
The Acorn Fund programme is funded with the support of the Big Lottery Fund, Inner City Trust and the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.