The National Lottery Community Fund has announced £732,395 to groups in the Newry, Mourne and Down area to help tackle local issues, develop a community garden to reduce stress, and provide more activities for people with severe disabilities. For a full list of groups awarded grants recently, please see attached.  

Colette Ruddy, Harry  Hughes and Roisin Murray Gibbons from The Cabbage Patchers in Warrenpoint, that received £10,000 from The National Lottery Community Fund, to develop a new community garden and create a cross community growing project.
The Cabbage Patchers in Warrenpoint received £10,000 from The National Lottery Community Fund, to develop a new community  garden and create a cross community growing project. Roisin Murray Gibbons, Harry Hughes and Colette Ruddy are pictured with the welcome funding.

Community Growing Project

The Cabbage Patchers, based in Warrenpoint, have been awarded a £10,000 grant to develop a new community garden and create a cross community growing project that promotes a greener environment, healthier lifestyle and more inclusive community. The space provides an oasis of calm and friendship in the heart of the community that helps reduce stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated difficulties facing people as they return to the new normal. 

Sensory Garden

Mourne Stimulus, based in Kilkeel, is using a £181,680 grant to run their ‘Increased Accessibility’ project over the next two years to build a multi-purpose room and an enclosed courtyard sensory garden area, so they can maximise the potential of those attending the day centre who have severe learning and physical disabilities. The funding is also being used to refurbish and extend the existing storage space, meeting room and office area. The upgrades allow the group to develop the social skills, and educational abilities of their members through a range of activities. 


Dorsey Community Association, based outside Newtownhamilton, also received a £9,964 grant to run workshops and classes for the local community including a gardening project, craft workshops, weekly exercise classes, afternoon tea for senior citizens and babies/infants’ workshops. The funding is also being used to repaint the venue and refurbish the floor. The project helps to reduce isolation and improve well-being which has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Educating Road Users

RoadSafeNI Ltd also received a £9,990 grant to run volunteer training for people across Northern Ireland, to educate road users and save lives through local and regional road safety programmes and support people affected by road traffic collisions. The project aims to make roads safer for people to travel and support road users to change their attitudes to the road.

The National Lottery Community Fund is happy to talk to anyone in the Newry, Mourne and Down area about their ideas and give advice. Since March, we have given over £14.2 million in grants to 524 new projects in Northern Ireland, as well as supporting current grant holders with additional funding. 

Improve Mental Health

Newry Street Unite based in Kilkeel, is using a grant of £9,764 to provide increased sanitising facilities in their centre so they can reopen their community building safely to support for local people. The funding is also being used to purchase laptops so they can provide online learning when attendance at the centre or the library are reduced and restricted. The project helps improve mental health and well-being and re-engages members safely into the community in line with COVID-19 restrictions.


St Mary's High School, based in Newry, is using a £9,980 grant to purchase laptops and tablets, to be used by both pupils having to complete blended learning due to COVID-19 and a local community group, the Sunshine Club, who are participating in an ICT class, with support from the school's post-16 ICT ambassadors. 

Kate Beggs, Northern Ireland Director of The National Lottery Community Fund said, “It’s inspiring to see projects rising to the challenges of COVID-19, supporting well-being now and looking to the future, helping people in need. The wide range of projects funded demonstrates the strength of their members and the importance of staying connected with each other in these unprecedented times. 

"People know best what is needed in their area and we want to talk to anyone who has an idea or wants more information on funding to support their community. National Lottery players can be proud to know that the money they raise is making such a difference across Northern Ireland.” 

If you would like to talk about an idea you have or applying for funding, please phone The National Lottery Community Fund on 028 4378 0003, email or visit

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