Rathlane Care Farm benefits from Alpha Funding

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Rathlane Care Farm will benefit from over £8k worth of funding thanks to the Alpha programme following its latest round of funding announcements.

The Alpha programme has supported a large number of community and bio-diversity projects since it was launched in 2008. Ten years on, it has distributed almost £5.5 million through the Landfill Communities Fund to projects dedicated to bringing positive change to communities within a 15-mile radius of the landfill site at Mullaghglass on the outskirts of Lisburn.

The initiative offers support across two tiers; the main grant scheme, where groups can receive up to £5,0k or the small grant scheme, which is designed to offer support for smaller projects with between £3k and £10k available.

Speaking about the latest funding package, Niamh-Anne McNally from Alpha Resource Management said: “Now in its 10th year, the Alpha programme continues to grow in popularity, we’re seeing more and more applications each quarter.

“Over the last decade the programme has invested £5.45m in 164 projects. The projects that have been selected are diverse and varied, it’s hugely rewarding to help enhance the great work that is already being carried out.”

Thanks to the ‘Small Gr-ants Scheme,’£8,100 will go

to Rathlane Care Farm. The

funding will improve facilities for visitors though the pro-vision of two compost toilets and two picnic benches. It will also be used to invest in tools for conservation work and clearance works.

Rathlane Care Farm, located on the shores of Lough Neagh, provides residential accommodation and farming related therapeutic, vocational and educational activities.

It was first set up in 2012, and deals primarily with those with health and wellbeing needs and young people. Care farming

has seen a significant growth across the UK & Ireland in recent years.

The Alpha Programme is managed by Groundwork NI and funding is awarded on a quarterly basis.

Applications for the next rou-nd of Alpha programme fund-ing close on Friday, October

26. Anyone considering apply-ing is encouraged to contact Richard Rogers who oversees the project for Groundwork

NI at alphaprogramme@ground workni.co.uk to discuss their application prior to submiss-ion.

Small grants were awarded to Ballynafeigh Community Dev-elopment Association, £6,513; Craigavon City Football Club, £9,900; Rathlane Care Farm, £8,100; St Paul’s GFC, £10,000.

Main grants awarded to Are-llian Nursery School, £50,000; Ballymacash Sports Academy, £50,000; LCC Community Trust, £47,300.


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