Minister Joe O’Brien announces funding for local community groups to support ‘Keep Well’ campaign over winter

24th November, 2020

Minister for Community Development and Charities Joe O’Brien announced funding for local community groups to support ‘Keep Well’ campaign over winter. The funding will enable groups to embrace the Government’s ‘Keep Well’ campaign which focuses on the themes of ‘Staying Connected, switching off, being creative and minding your mood’.

Fingal’s Local Community Development Committtee has been granted €60,000 by Minister O’Brien’s department to support local groups in Fingal to help activate the ‘Keep Well’ campaign on the ground. The funding will be used to assist local community and voluntary groups to adapt to Covid-19, for example

  • To allow them to make changes to premises to provide for social distancing
  • Funding for on-line activities;
  • As well as the provision of critical social supports.

Announcing the funding, Minister O’Brien said:

“2020 has been the most difficult year imaginable. And yet, every step of the way, our community groups have gone above and beyond to show their true colours. I hope the grants that will be disbursed by the Local Community Development Committee will help to promote better mental, physical and community health over the winter as we look forward to the Covid-19 vaccine in 2021.

“These individual grants will generally be modest in nature however it is expected that higher amounts will provided where the need is greatest. The funds will help community and volunteer groups provide key services and supports to vulnerable individuals who have been affected by COVID-19 in Fingal and across the country. As the fund is administered through the LCDC in Fingal, it means it will target those groups most in need of the additional supports.’’

Also speaking on the funding, Fingal Councillor, Karen Power, said:

“Covid 19 has changed the voluntary sector, it has impacted the delivery of services, how they are being delivered, to whom they are delivered and, often, by whom they are being delivered. It has impacted traditional methods of fundraising with new risk factors, add extra pressure to already stretched management resources. Additional funding such as this, is vital to keep our community and volunteer groups operating in Fingal. They played a crucial role supporting our communities during this Pandemic and it’s so important that we now support them.”

The Department of Rural and Community Development has allocated a total of €1.7 million funding to Local Authority areas, and Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) will now administer the funding to groups in each area.

Groups in Fingal should check in with the LCDC under Fingal County Council. 


Notes to Editors:

  • The funding has been allocated by providing a baseline amount to each area and allocating the remainder based on the relative population and disadvantage level in each area. This methodology uses census figures and the Pobal Hasse deprivation index.
  • The grants under this fund to assist local community and voluntary groups to adapt their services and operations to fit the new COVID-19 reality are consistent with an action assigned to our Department under the Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19. It will seek to assist their participation in the campaign, in particular with the three themes that are most reliant on their involvement: staying connected, switching off and being creative, and minding your mood
  • The fund provides grants to help animate community groups to enable them to become more involved in the Government’s ‘Keep Well’ campaign. Further details on this campaign are available here.

For more information, please contact: Karen Power, karen.power@oireachtas.ie.