Community groups in the Newry and Mourne area are celebrating after receiving National Lottery funding from their latest awards. Since 2004 they have awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people including many local groups.

Carnagat Area Community Association is amongst the 104 groups across Northern Ireland who are sharing £946,765 from The National Lottery Community Fund’s Awards for All programme. They received a £10,000 grant for a programme of community trips and activities including arts and crafts, adventure golf, museum visits, flower arranging, gym sessions, an ancestry project and first aid training.

Lislea Men's Shed supports local men to come together, build relationships, and share skills. They received a grant of £6,869 and are using it to buy wood working equipment, gardening and power tools, and to run visits to other men’s sheds and gardens to build relationships with men beyond the immediate area.

James Trainor, Chairperson, Carnagat Community Association who have received £10K from Awards for All. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/
James Trainor, Chairperson, Carnagat Community Association who have received £10K from Awards for All. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/

Home Start Newry And Mourne supports parents with children under five in the Newry and Mourne area. They are using a £7,650 grant to run training for volunteers and staff along with a team building day, Christmas lunch and 30th anniversary celebration event.

Ring of Gullion CCE supports people to experience Irish culture. They are using a grant of £8,925 to run a programme of workshops over one year, including workshops on reminiscence, music, dancing, singing, and storytelling. They are also running a celebration event to recognise the achievements of those taking part.

Shelagh Youth Club based near Crossmaglen, supports young people in the area. They’re using a £9,960 grant to run activities including movie and pizza nights, bog jumping, trips to the cinema, creating a time capsule, car maintenance, mindfulness, and a camp fire night. They are also developing the green area around the club to make it more usable for activities.

Also receiving funding is Sprocket Kids Club CIC in Newcastle, St John's Drumnaquoile GAA Club, Let’s Do Veterans Support & Rehabilitation Limited,, Cranfield Single Star LOL 907 and Down Parish Church.

Kate Beggs, The National Lottery Community Fund Northern Ireland Director, said: “I am delighted to announce these grants today to projects supporting people across Northern Ireland. They are using the funding in diverse ways but the common thread is that they are all being led by local people who are using National Lottery money to develop great ideas to help their communities thrive.

“Small pots of funding from National Lottery Awards for All are bringing people together to make good things happen. I want to say thanks to all the National Lottery players who have helped make this possible.”

Application forms and guidance notes are available to download at For more details call us on 028 9055 1455, or e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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