Take 500

TAK£500 – the public has spoken!

With 107 applications, 84 videos and a wealth of amazing ideas, residents have voted for their chosen projects and funding is now being distributed!

All ideas were based around the Take 5 Ways of Wellbeing’ – five simple steps to help maintain and improve your wellbeing on a daily basis. All of the projects that received funding will therefore be invested in programmes which will help to promote the mental health of residents in each area.

An amazing sixty-six projects have successfully secured funding for projects ranging from walking programmes, creating sensory spaces, play equipment, kindness projects, mentoring programmes, outdoor, gardening and nature programmes and so much more!

View list of successful groups here

“The response to the TAK£500 project was incredible and we were delighted to see so many residents getting involved,” commented the Lord Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Kevin Savage.

“The ideas we received and the videos that were put together were fantastic and it was brilliant to see such a variety of ideas and how you – the residents – felt they could benefit your community. I can’t wait to see these projects coming to life over the next few months and seeing the impact they will have across the borough!”

For those that applied and didn’t receive funding on this occasion, the journey is far from over. The Participatory Budget Working Group will continue to support these groups and will be running a support session to signpost them towards other funding streams and to assess additional support requirements.

View list of other groups here

View successful videos below:


Tak£500 is a Participatory Budgeting process which means that local people get to decide how public funds are used to address needs in their area.  Community Planning Partners have pooled their resources to fund community projects.

Communities can apply for up to £500 for a project they think will benefit their area – and best of all, it is the local residents who decide which projects should go ahead!


You can apply for up to £500 to pay for things such as online activities, equipment, events, tutors, venue hire and other innovative ideas.*

All ideas must be based around the ‘Take 5 Ways of Wellbeing’. These are five simple steps to help maintain and improve your wellbeing on a daily basis.



With the people around you, family, friends, colleagues and neighbours and spend time developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.

Be Active


Go for a walk or run, cycle, play a game, garden or dance – even a short 10-minute walk can improve mental alertness and wellbeing.

Take Notice


Of the world around you, how you are feeling, what matters to you and reflect on your experiences.

Keep Learning


Don’t be afraid to try something new, rediscover an old hobby or sign up for a course. Learning new things will make you more confident, as well as being fun.



Do something nice for a friend or stranger, thank someone, smile, volunteer your time or consider joining a community group.


If you have any questions about applying for funding, would like more information or some help with your application, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by contacting a member of the PB working Group.

PB working Group
Elaine Devlin ABC Council 077 7179 4988
Lynette Cooke ABC Council 028 3831 2529
Chris Leech CVSP/Craigavon Area Foodbank 078 6660 5027
Debbie Smith Southern Health & Social Care Trust  028 3756 3951
Tracey Powell Southern Health & Social Care Trust  028 3756 4495
Michelle Hazlett Northern Ireland Housing Executive  077 7183 7356
Stephen Fields CVSP/West Armagh Consortium 077 5994 9314
Derek Brown BPA/Social Enterprise 079 6834 3325
Michelle Markey ABC Council 028 4066 0644
Marion Graham Triangle Housing 078 9462 1807
Clive Bowles Portadown Rugby Football Club 028 3833 0295
Laura O’Hagan ABC Council 078 5605 7091
Edel Cunningham CVSP/Volunteer Now 079 5591 4206
Gilbert Lee CVSP/Banbridge Twinning Association 079 7020 0415
Sinead Taylor Southern Health & Social Care Trust 028 3756 2261
Claire McAuley Sport NI
Jacqueline Masterson Southern Health and Social Care Trust 028 3756 4494


Adult Sponsors

If you are under 18 years old, we ask you to nominate an Adult Sponsor – someone who can help you develop and deliver your idea and overcome any problems you may encounter. Your sponsor could be a family member, friend, teacher or youth worker.

If you agree to be an Adult Sponsor you are agreeing to support the young person’s application and give them any help and advice they may need to make their idea a success.

We are here to help throughout the funding period should you or the young person you are sponsoring need any help, advice or support.

Group Sponsors

If your group is not constituted, we ask you to name a constituted group or organisation who will sponsor your project, as funds cannot be paid into a personal bank account.

If you agree to become a local sponsor you are agreeing to receive funds on their behalf and pass them to the successful group to enable them to deliver on their project.

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