200,000 community fund launched

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

A NEWRY-based charity has launched a new 200,000 Community Fund to assist local community groups and organisations across the city.

Clanrye Abbey Developments, which was founded in 1986 and reconstituted in 2016, and has carried out significant charitable work to improve the built fabric of Newry for community use, announced the new funding call as it presented cheques to three local projects.

The charity presented cheques to:

Rev. Norman Hutton of Newry First Presbyterian (Non Subscribing) Church to assist with repairs to the Church and the re-roofing of the adjacent Warnock Hall (11,285)

Newry Rugby Club to assist with urgent repairs to its outdated changing facilities for its burgeoning youth section as well as rewiring and re-plumbing of the clubrooms (10,000)

Newry 2020 to assist with its Feasibility Study into the provision of a Newry City Park at the Albert Basin (10,000)

Speaking at the launch of the Clanrye Abbey Developments Community Fund, Chair of the charity, Michael Savage, said: "We are delighted to support these three very deserving local projects.

"The mission statement of Clanrye Abbey Developments is: 'To assist in improving the local built environment to enhance the community and social fabric of the Greater Newry City Area.' These three projects are reflective of the type of schemes that Clanrye Abbey Developments wants to support in the years ahead."

Mr Savage enthused: "As well as presenting cheques relating to historical applications to the charity for funding, we are also launching the Clanrye Abbey Developments Community Fund.

"We are putting out a call for organisations and groups to apply for funding from a pot of upwards of 200,000 to assist projects aimed at improving the social fabric of the Greater Newry City area through enhancing the local built environment and we would encourage all organisations who feel they meet the criteria to apply for funding."

The newly reconstituted Clanrye Abbey Developments is a charity registered with the Charities Commission and run by a local voluntary Board of Directors. The Board members are Michael Savage, Chair; Jane Magill, Secretary; Brendan Jackson, Treasurer; Ciara Aiken; Frank Feely and Peter McEvoy.

Clanrye Abbey Developments has launched a new website to assist local groups to apply for the funding as Secretary Jane Magill explained: "The new website will provide all the necessary information community groups and organisations across the greater Newry City area need to apply for funding in this latest call.

"We have received initial requests for funding in recent months from a number of organisations and we would now ask them to engage in the application process and we will access their application over the coming weeks and months."

The Charity's Treasurer Brendan Jackson outlined how the new fund will be tiered. He said: "The fund we are announcing today has three tiers or funding levels. Tier 1 offers funding of between 500 to 2,000 and is not subject to the match funding criteria which the other two tiers are. Tier 2 offers funding of between 2,000 and 10,000 and Tier 3 offers funding of between 10,000 and 20,000. The charity will only consider funding a maximum of three projects at Tier 3 level in this call due to the limited funds available.

"The application form for the Clanrye Abbey Developments Community Fund and guidance notes can be downloaded from the charity's website The process will involve scoring the applications and those groups and organisations that score highest will be more likely to be successful ."

The closing date for applications to The Clanrye Abbey Developments Community Fund is Thursday, August 31, 2017.

For projects to be eligible they must take place between September 1, 2017 and August 31, 2018. Clanrye Abbey Developments will not accept retrospective applications (i.e. applications seeking funding for projects already started prior to July 1, 2017).

Applications must be delivered by 4pm on Thursday, August 31 2017 to Clanrye Abbey Developments Ltd., c/o Daly Park Chartered Accountants, Trevor Hill, Newry.


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