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In it to Win it! You Vote on how to Spend Public Money

One of the priorities within Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is that all people enjoy good health and well-being.  In a new initiative, Slieve Croob District Electoral Area (DEA) Forum is providing all constituted community and voluntary groups in Slieve Croob an opportunity to vote on how public money is spent to fulfil this objective. To be a part of this great initiative, groups must complete a simple application form and then they will have an opportunity to pitch for £375 on Thursday 22nd March 2018 in the Civic Centre, Downpatrick. Each group will be given 3 minutes to pitch for the money by presenting their project in whatever way best suits them.

To apply to pitch for £375, forms must be returned by 4pm on Wednesday 21st February. The Forum will only accept the first 15 groups that return their application form. On Thursday 22nd March, members of each group will give the other projects a score between 1 and 5 and the highest score will win the money. There are two £375 cheques to be won. If this event is successful, we will look at rolling this initiative out in the future with larger funding pots.

Chairperson of Slieve Croob DEA Forum, Councillor Mark Murnin stated, “As a Forum we want to ensure we meet the needs of the local community and ensure money is spent where it is needed.  This is a great opportunity for groups to put forward projects that will make a real difference at the heart of the community and I would like to see initiatives like this rolled out in the future as it empowers local community to make decisions. I want to ensure that we improve the health and well-being if all the residents in Slieve Croob and the community can now make decisions on projects that can be rolled out that will meet this target. I am delighted we are working in partnership with Community Development Health Network, County Down Rural Community Network and Volunteer Now to implement this exciting new initiative”.

For a copy of the application form or if you require any further information please contact Priscilla McAlinden, Slieve Croob DEA co-ordinator on 028 9756 4113 or email Forms can be downloaded from