Kieran McCarthy MLA said: “I am disgusted at this and am deeply concerned at the refusal of the department to fund the Special Olympics Ulster.
“While I would like to see other departments helping out with funding, DCAL should be providing assistance. DCAL has been funding Special Olympics Ulster and to lose this funding would be a massive blow.
“This is an important initiative and it must be supported so that it can continue to operate in the future.
“While I acknowledge that this is a difficult time financially, every effort must be made to find the money to keep this excellent initiative well resourced.”