Big Lottery Fund outlines spending plans for Northern Ireland

Big Proposals consultation open until the end of November

The Big Lottery Fund has explained how it intends to spend £40m supporting causes in Northern Ireland.

The Big Proposals for Northern Ireland document, unveiled yesterday, outlines the programmes for disadvantaged communities that the fund hopes to run until 2012.

The fund has pledged £5m to tackle alcohol-related harm, £10m to help young people at risk, £10m to support vulnerable older people and £15m for a ‘space-and-place' programme to improve community relations.

People have until the end of November to have their say on the proposals, with the programmes due to be placed by autumn 2010.

Breidge Gadd, the Big Lottery Fund's Northern Ireland chair, said 80 per cent of its funding would be given to the voluntary and community sector up to 2015.

"Our priority over the coming months will be to develop grant programmes that focus on the priority areas, and I would urge people to start thinking now about how they can work with us in developing projects that can be funded," she said.

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