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Community groups who were successfull in their applications to Newry, Mourne and Down District Council's Financial Assistance Call in January will receive 50% of what they have asked for.

A meeting by the Active and Healthy Communities Committee on 23rd of April had noted that the amount of funding requested was considerably higher than the available budget and the committee agreed that the successful applicants should be funded at 50% of what was applied for, whether or not the funding theme was oversubscribed. Last weeks monthly council meeting discussed the matter and voted to accept the proposals of the Committee. This leaves an overspend of £27,429 but other budgets within the council will cover that.

Successful applicants in some of the funding categories for January's Financial Assistance Call by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council  will get 50% of what they asked for. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Successful applicants in some of the funding categories for January's Financial Assistance Call by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council will get 50% of what they asked for. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

An additional 172 groups will receive funding

Commenting on the decision Councillor Liz Kimmins "Due to the high volume of applications, the council did not have enough money within the current Active and Healthy Communities budget to fund all the successful applicants, and if Council were to provide 100% funding to successful applicants, in rank order of their score, 172 groups would have received no funding."

Cllr Kimmins added "At the Active and Healthy Communities meeting in April I asked for this to be revisited and following this request, all successful groups (334) will now be awarded 50% of their requested amount, meaning that an additional 172 groups will receive funding for their projects. We had asked council officers to look for savings in other Council departments and at the full council meeting on 08/05/18 a report was presented where the additional funding had been found and we have agreed for this to be reprofiled to fund those outstanding groups financial assistance"

Irish Language Call

Speaking at the council meeting last week in Downpatrick Cllr Cadogan Enright talked of his concern of the new Irish Language call out being arbitrarily cut by half because of an oversubscription in Sport "It just doesn't seem very sensible. We've have 70 odd years where promoting sport in this council and it's predecessors and we haven't got a history of promoting the Irish Language. This was the first time. It seems unreasonable to arbitrarily cut grant applications by half because of difficulty in a different funding area"

Themes covered by this decision include Irish Language, Major/ Minor Events and Festivals, Sports Development, Summer Schemes and Community Engagement. For all the themes a total of 445 applications were received with 334 being successful.

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