Twelve organisations across Newry, Mourne and Down are to recieve funding from the National Lottery Community Fund who yesterday announced funding of £594,379 to 71 community projects from across NI. The Fund continues to support local communities by giving projects the flexibility to delay or modify what they plan for this money taking into account the impact of Covid-19. 


Kaleidoscope CIC based in Newry is using a £10,000 grant to develop a website and online arts resource for older people to improve their creativity, build friendships with people both online and in the community, and show off their work. The project helps them learn new skills and become more mentally, physically and socially active.

Kilbroney Luncheon Club

Kilbroney Luncheon Club, based in Rostrevor, supports older people in the community, many of whom experience loneliness and have few other opportunities to socialise. They are using a £5,597 grant to upgrade their facilities including new kitchen equipment so they can continue to host their luncheon club. The money is also being used to bring members on day trips and for a Christmas dinner. 

Cosy Corner Playgroup

Cosy Corner Playgroup, based in Crossmaglen, is using a £6,000 grant to create an outdoor play area to encourage children to be more active. They are also using the funding to refurbish the kitchen and create an office space in the building where they can securely store information.

Local Organisations Funded

Attical Youth Club, Cosy Corner Playgroup, Down Health and Well-being Association, Downpatrick Bowling Club, Dunnaman FC, Extern NI, Kaleidoscope CIC, Kilbroney Luncheon Club, Kilcoo Owen Roes GAC, Newcastle and District Amateur Football League, Toye Rural Community Association and Unit T

Supporting Communities

Kate Beggs, Northern Ireland Director of The National Lottery Community Fund said: “In this time of uncertainty, we want to reassure the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector that we are open, money is still being awarded and we are here to support our communities. We continue to deliver our services to applicants, grant holders and communities across the UK as normally as we can with all staff working from home and prioritising keeping money flowing. We appreciate that many of the organisations awarded funding today may need to delay the delivery of their project, but we will work with them to ensure that they can do this. We will be flexible and trust that all our grant holders know what is best as they manage the impact of Covid-19. We are also looking at ways we can offer further financial support to help people and communities. 

“We have heard of brilliant efforts taking place across the sector, of our funded projects helping those in isolation by delivering food packages or checking in with the elderly or unwell. We know that as a small community in Northern Ireland we will work together, making a big difference and helping each other, until we can all physically bring communities together to achieve great things again.”

All National Lottery funded projects can contact their Funding Officer if they need advice or have any questions about their grant. Full updates from the organisation regarding our response to Covid-19 and general contact details can be found on their website WWW.TNLCOMMUNITYFUND.ORG.UK

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