Newtownabbey Borough Council has granted more than 60 local community groups funding packages totalling almost £100,000.
A total of £96,000 has been invested in the local community, with 44 organisations being awarded approximately £56,000 through the council’s Community Development Grant Aid Programme, while a further 22 groups will receive £40,000 under the Community Festivals Fund.
One of the biggest winners was Monkstown Community Association, based at the Jubilee Centre on Cashel Drive, which secured £2,342.50 for its three-year strategic action plan.
Anne Judson, co-ordinator of Monkstown Community Association, thanked the council for its generous funding package.
“We’ll be using the money to develop a strategic plan of where we are going and what we want to do and achieve over the next three years. We will be planning what projects and programmes we are going to run in the centre and how we are going to run the centre and make it sustainable over the next three years,” she explained.
Another of the successful groups was the Glengormley-based Community Relations Forum, which will receive £1,875 to help fund its upcoming outreach programmes.
Co-ordinator Kathy Wolff confirmed that the money will help the Forum provide a number of events during its autumn and winter sessions, including an intergenerational dance, Halloween story telling, question and answer sessions and special events at Christmas and Easter.
Other groups to benefit from the council’s cash injection include New Mossley Presbyterian Youth Club, Croi Eanna, Good Morning Newtownabbey, Newtownabbey Senior Citizens’ Forum and ORNE Community Partnership, with each group being granted £1,875.
Representatives from local community groups that secured financial assistance through the Community Development Grant Aid programme visited Mossley Mill last week to be congratulated by the Mayor, Alderman Fraser Agnew, on their achievement.
“I would like to congratulate all the organisations who have secured funding and wish them every success in the implementation of the projects and events they undertake,” he said.
For information about Community Grant Aid and how to apply for funding, contact Connor O’Dornan on 028 9034 0208 or Lara McConkey on 028 9034 0053.