The National Lottery assisted projects in East Antrim to the tune of £158,000 last year.
Sixteen lottery grants were awarded in the district in 2016 providing a boost to arts, sports and heritage.
Recipients included Carrickfergus Town Centre Partnership which received £4,721 for Halloween cinema screenings; Barn United Youth Club, £7,172 to upgrade the clubhouse and Carrickfergus and District Senior Gateway Club, £5,000 for a learning disability “pride parade”.
As an added bonus, any organisation that has ever received National Lottery funding, will now be in with a chance of a further boost by entering The National Lottery Awards 2017 in the annual search for the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects covering sport, heritage, arts, environment, health, education and voluntary/charity. National Lottery Awards winners will receive a £3,000 cash prize and national recognition at a glittering ceremonyto be broadcast later this year.
John Barrowman MBE, presenter of the National Lottery Awards show, said: “The National Lottery Awards are a fabulous celebration of the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects as voted for by the public.
“The Awards rightly put the focus on ordinary people doing extraordinary things with National Lottery funding, whose efforts go such a long way and are indeed changing lives.
“National Lottery players can be very proud to have contributed towards their fine work.”
If you wish to nominate your favourite project in this year’s National Lottery Awards, tweet @LottoGoodCauses or call 0207 293 3329 to find out more and to enter. Entries must be received by midnight on April 7 2017.