Larne FC charity provides £20k support to the community

Almost £20,000 has been shared between 15 groups through an initiative supported by Larne Football Club.

Trustees of Brighter Futures made  presentations to grant recipients this month.
Trustees of Brighter Futures made presentations to grant recipients this month.

The club’s official charity, Brighter Futures, has now awarded the first tranche of grants to businesses, voluntary bodies and individuals in the Co Antrim town, following the initial application window during February 2020.

As with a lot of initiatives, the grants awards process was delayed by several months because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The trustees of Brighter Futures were thus delighted to finally make the presentations to recipients this month.

Speaking on the night of the presentations, Gregg Humphrey, chair of the charity, said: “The trustees of Brighter Futures are delighted to announce that the first round of charity grants have been awarded to worthy recipients in the Larne area.

“We hope that these grants will support those diverse organisations and individuals to further develop their sporting, educational, entrepreneurial and business goals in the future.”

Those involved with the charity said they were pleased with the high number and the quality of submissions, during this inaugural, pilot application window. The trustees had the difficult task of whittling down the requests, all of which were judged against defined criteria.

They went on to thank all applicants for the time taken to apply for funding and for their patience during these most trying of times.

Another application window will be opened later this year, so potential applicants are advised to keep an eye on our social media and the charity’s website www.larnefc.com/brighterfutures for more information.

The beneficiaries,listed by Brighter Futures, were as follows: Recreate Larne Educational Project, Larne Renovation Generation, Climb NI, Connie’s Cupcakes and Bakes, Mia Snoddy – NI Girls Football Excellence Programme, Morgan Beattie – NI Girls Football Excellence Programme, Jodie McDowell – international BMX rider, Mae Murray Foundation, SeaSugar Hand Made Confectionary, Arrow Bone Broth, East Coast Athletic Club, Antrim Coast Dance Academy, 5th Larne Guides, Mia Duddy – gymnast, Roddensvale School.

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