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Sunday 20 April 2014

Health groups share €3.3m in Lottery grants

ALMOST €3.3m in grants was shared among voluntary organisations last year under the Department of Health's National Lottery Discretionary Fund.

The money went to 140 organisations providing a range of health-related benefits.

While the same amount was allocated under the scheme last year, the overall grants are down €700,000 on three years ago.

The biggest beneficiary was mental health support group, Shine, which received €185,000. The next highest award was €150,000, granted to three organisations, the Irish Kidney Association; The West of Ireland Alzheimer Foundation in Ballindine, Co Mayo, and Build4Life Cystic Fibrosis in Castleisland, Co Kerry.

There were five allocations of €100,000 each to organisations including the Brothers of Charity Services in Co Clare; The Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland; and the Mater Foundation.

Irish Independent

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