Council awards local Community and Voluntary Sector £837,000

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Friday, September 25th, 2015
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Newry, Mourne and Down District Council celebrated the first year of the Financial Assistance Programme which has awarded £837,000 to local Community projects across the district.
Pictured with the Chair of Council are successful groups from the Crotlieve, Newry and Slieve Gullion District Electoral Areas

Pictured with the Chair of Council are successful groups from the Crotlieve, Newry and Slieve Gullion District Electoral Areas

The Financial Assistance programme is targeted at the Community/Voluntary Sector organisations across the new Council area, and invited groups to apply for funding ranging from £250 – £100,000 to deliver local projects. The first Call opened in December 2014 and included seven themes; Sports Development, Community Support, Skills Development, Economic Development, Small Grants, Major / Minor Events and Summer Schemes. A second call was opened in May 2015 under three additional themes of; Good relations, Community Festivals and a Capital Fund. There was an overwhelming response and under the two calls Council have processed 635 applications and have been able to support a total of 275, nearly half of the applications received. Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Cllr Naomi Bailie stated, “I am delighted with the success of the Financial Assistance programme, and I am very impressed with the variety of innovative projects that have been supported. “Successful projects have been wide ranging from summer schemes, sports events as well as capital build projects. Many of the events took place over the summer period with great success and community participation and I was pleased to be able to attend a number of these and see the work first hand for myself.” If you would like any further information on the Financial Assistance programme contact Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Programmes Unit on 028 3031 3024 or e-mail programmesunit@newryandmourne.gov.uk A full list of successful applications can be viewed on the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council website at www.newrymourneanddown.org Caption: On Wednesday 16 September, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Cllr Naomi Bailie (centre) welcomed a number of Community/Voluntary Sector representatives, who were successful in receiving funding from the Council’s Financial Assistance Programme, to the Downshire Civic Centre. Pictured with the Chair of Council are successful groups from the Crotlieve, Newry and Slieve Gullion District Electoral Areas.

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