As the first anniversary of lockdown approaches, £1.2 billion National Lottery funding has boosted the arts, heritage, sport and community/charity sector and helped protect the future of thousands of organisations across Northern Ireland during the last 12 months. The funding has supported initiatives and programmes designed to tackle loneliness and isolation, provide support for the elderly and vulnerable young people, and those promoting physical and mental health in the community.
One such project to have benefited from the £30 million raised by National Lottery players every week is Belfast music festival AVA Audio, Visual, Arts receiving funding of £7,200 from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. AVA Festival had to be cancelled this year but thanks to the support of National Lottery players, it organised a large-scale, live-streamed event that attracted a total online audience of more than 300,000 people.
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