Funding of £400,000 has been allocated to arts project as part of the legacy of Derry’s City of Culture celebrations.
Details of the funding from the Big Lottery Funding were announced at an event in the Nerve Centre yesterday.
Frank Hewitt, Northern Ireland chairperson of the Big Lottery Fund, said the money would help support people and communities across the city and county build a legacy to the City of Culture year.
The grant has been awarded to the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland’s Acorn Fund and will be used to provide grants for community arts and culture projects across Derry.
The grant will also support projects for young people and marginalised groups such as homeless people, ethnic minorities and people with learning disabilities.
Derry’s Mayor Martin Reilly said the commitment would support a diverse range of new cultural events which wouldl appeal to an even wider spectrum of local people and bring culture right into the heart of their communities.
He added: “The grants will be used to deliver a dynamic programme, building on the foundations of a phenomenal year as City of Culture.
“It will assist in targeting even more young people and marginalised groups offering further opportunities to engage by promoting diversity and creativity in our cultural programme.”
“So much has already been achieved throughout the course of 2013 and this grant will help to continue that momentum in driving forward a cultural legacy that will be both lasting and meaningful for our city.”
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