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Howell welcomes greater funding for community groups 


Councillor Róisín Howell has welcomed new proposals which will allow a broader range of community groups to receive council funding.

The Proposals which were brought forward by Sinn Féin at a council meeting on Wednesday will mean more community groups such as summer schemes, major and minor festivals, community engagement events as well as tourism and the arts will all benefit from these new proposals.


Councillor Róisín Howell who represents Slieve Croob DEA said;


‘Newry, Mourne and Down council in always inundated by various groups seeking funding to help their great work in the community. This has currently led to the Active and Healthy Communities budget not having enough money to be able to fund all successful applicants. Currently, if the council provided 100% of the funding to these successful applicants in order of their score, 172 of these groups would have received no funding.’


This would mean that many of these community and voluntary groups would be unable to continue delivering their services, this I believe would be detrimental to the local community.’


She added;

‘Due to the successful work of Sinn Féin Councillors all groups which have successfully applied for funding from ‘Active and Healthy Communities’ will receive awarded 50% of their funding. This will mean that the 172 groups which would not have received anything will now get at least half of it. This has been as a result of further work carried out by the council to make relevant saving to continue to fund these groups.’


Concluding the Sinn Féin Councillor said;

‘I and my fella colleagues in Sinn Féin recognise the huge contribution that voluntary and community organisations make to improving the district and that many of these groups are dependent on such funding to deliver such events/ services. It is our desire to see equal opportunities for all groups who had submitted successful applications and we are happy this has happened.’