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13 Local Groups Receive Support from the Workspace Community Fund

13 community and voluntary groups from the Magherafelt area of Mid Ulster District Council were recently awarded grants from our Workspace Community Fund to enable them to run projects in their areas that otherwise would not happen.  Projects supported included instructor costs for exercise classes, outdoor play equipment for children and healthy eating courses.

As a social enterprise we operate a range of commercial businesses including installing home insulation products, providing business start-up units and support, employability initiatives and recruitment and waste heat recovery, the surpluses from which are used for community benefit.  The Workspace Community fund allows us to allocate a proportion of our surpluses each year so that small grants are available to help finance projects within our local area. Since its launch the Fund has allocated over £84,000 to 228 local community projects.

Catherine McCoy, Workspace (front row, center) with representatives from local community and voluntary groups who recently received grants from the Workspace Community Fund.

Catherine McCoy, The Workspace Group, states “The Workspace business model sees us operate commercial businesses which generate surpluses, part of which are used to fund local projects such as the Workspace Recreation Centre and the Draperstown After School Club.  Since 2009 we have distributed a percentage of our profits directly to community or voluntary groups to enable projects that otherwise just wouldn’t happen.  This reflects what Workspace is about since it was founded – helping the local community in a practical way.”

The Workspace Community Fund is currently open for applications. Contact Adele on 028 7962 8113 or email for more information.