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Funding package launched to help clubs put a spring in their step

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Power NI is marking a two-year milestone and a £28k investment in community projects with a one-off opportunity for local groups to pitch for £2000 to give their clubhouse, community hall or school, a Spring make-over.

It’s all part of the energy group’s new ‘Join Our Club’ campaign which has just launched Northern Ireland wide and encapsulates Power NI’s contribution to the NI community and its consumer base.

Power NI managing director Stephen McCully explains the rationale behind the initiative:

“As we look forward to our 90th year in business during 2021 we wanted to celebrate our mantra of customers coming first and delivering exceptional discounts on tariffs and through our Perks programme with an added value chance for people to apply for this special funding award.

“It’s an integral part of our hugely popular Brighter Communities initiative and we’re inviting applications from small or large community, sporting, charity, youth and all age groups. We’re looking for enterprising and impactful ideas that bring people together but need an extra injection of cash to bring the project to life.

“It’s been amazing the range of Brighter Communities schemes we’ve supported to date, from dance, ice-skating and gymnastics groups to special schools, bee-keepers, wheelchair basketball players and also dragon boat-racers, older cyclists, survivors of human-trafficking and lunch clubs for older people. The funding has touched every facet of our society.” 

Applications for ‘Brighten Your Club’ can be made via Power NI’s website and groups should showcase how they can implement an innovative and creative project which will change and improve their local community for the better.  The closing date is Tuesday 31st March 2020.       

Full details of all criteria can be accessed online, but in summary applicants making a submission on behalf of an organisation or charity, must be over 18 and all groups should be based in Northern Ireland and have no political links. Funding will be awarded only to tangible projects and cannot be used for overall running costs or overheads. 

Brighter Communities monthly award winners to date are: Olympus Girls’ Club in Belfast; Portadown based Scotch Street Wheelers; Carryduff’s Every Day Harmony; Derry wheelchair basketball club, North West Wolves; Early Years group Little Acorns in Omagh; Dromore based charity Via Wings; Dundonald Ice-skating Club; Abbey Taekwondo; Lagan Dragons; Sound Friends and Good Morning Ballymena. Also, Clogher Valley Beekeepers’ Association; Garrison Community Group; hurling club, Craobh Rua Camlocha; cheerleaders Omagh Panther’s Cheer, Flourish NI, Roddensvale School, Belfast City BMX Club, Voice of Young People in Care, Realta School of Irish Dance in Newtownards, Street Soccer NI, Foyle Down Syndrome Trust.    

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