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Big Lottery Fund to boost learning opportunities in Northern Ireland

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The Live and Learn programme aims to help people of all ages across Northern Ireland boost their learning opportunities and improve their health

Live And Learn Programme Launched

A Big Lottery Fund scheme worth £18 million has been launched with the aim of helping disadvantaged communities in Northern Ireland. The funding is being made available under the Live and Learn programme to help people of all ages across Northern Ireland boost their learning opportunities and improve their health.

Successful projects will be those that achieve both of the programme outcomes of enabling people to have the opportunity to achieve their full potential and improving physical and mental health for all people. They must also meet one or both of the underlying principles of addressing disadvantage and promoting tolerance and social inclusion and contributing to the reduction of poverty.

What will be funded under the Live and Learn Programme?

The programme will fund a wide range of innovative projects including computer classes in community centres for people of all ages, homework clubs for parents and children and health awareness courses tackling subjects such as mental health, diet, physical activity and parenting skills.

The programme also hopes to support projects that increase opportunities for volunteering, provide support for families of children with disabilities, improve essential skills, promote mental health and well-being and improve people’s skills to make healthier lifestyle choices.

How much can I apply for?

Grants of up to £1 million will be made available to partnerships to develop projects that offer families and communities a chance to learn together and develop a variety of skills at different stages of their lives.

The Live and Learn programme will have a two-stage process, the deadline for the first stage of applications is 29 March 2007. At stage one development grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 will be made available to develop stage two applications. Funding of between £600,000 and £1 million is available at stage two for five year grants.

Walter Rader, the Big Lottery Fund’s NI Director said:

"The Big Lottery Fund is inviting key stakeholders to today’s event that we would envisage working in partnership to deliver strategic projects under Live and Learn.

"I hope that the organisations will use today’s event as an opportunity to explore which other bodies they can partner with to deliver projects that will make a real difference to Northern Ireland communities.

"Live and Learn will offer these partnerships the chance to develop innovative projects that will boost the health of Northern Ireland’s most disadvantaged communities by providing opportunities for people of all ages to learn together. I am looking forward to seeing a wide range of innovative and imaginative projects being funded under this programme."

For full details, visit the Big Lottery website.

 

Source: Big Lottery Fund

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