Minister Joe O’Brien announces €9 million Community Activities Fund
11th November, 2021
- €9 million Community Activities Fund to support local groups post COVID.
- Small grants towards community facilities
- Fingal to be allocated €301,042
Minister for State at the Department of Rural and Community Development with responsibility for Community Development and Charities, Joe O’Brien TD, has announced a €9 million Community Activities Fund to support community groups impacted by COVID-19.
With a focus on supporting groups in disadvantaged areas, this Programme is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and will provide €9 million of grant funding towards enhancing the facilities available to communities.
This once-off fund will be allocated under the Community Enhancement Programme, and consistent with other iterations of the programme, it will be administered locally on behalf of the Department by Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs), with 30% of the funding being grants of €1,000 or less.
This funding will help community groups as they re-open post-COVID with running costs such as utility bills or insurance costs, improvements to their facilities and other costs associated with reopening post-COVID. It could be used for running costs or to carry out necessary renovations and repairs or to purchase equipment such as tables and chairs, tools and signage, laptops and printers, lawnmowers, canopies, training equipment and so on.
Announcing the funding, Minister O’Brien said:
“This past year has, once again, shown the importance of a vibrant Community and Voluntary sector. The efforts of local community groups & volunteers throughout the pandemic has been immense and this funding will help to provide practical support to smaller community groups and facilities at a grassroots level across the country. I hope that this will continue to help foster and grow the community spirit that is so evident across Ireland
“I am pleased that Fingal have been allocated the sum of €301,042. This funding is about giving a helping hand to our local groups and clubs, which are incurring costs relating to their facilities. These grants may be small in nature, but they help thousands of community organisations and clubs across Fingal and across the country.
“I would encourage all interested groups to get in touch with their Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) that administers the programme in their area.
To allow flexibility, the Department is not setting a national closing date, but will allow each LCDC to set its own, to best suit its area. The Department will require that all closing dates are no later than 28 February 2022. Groups should check with their LCDC for further details.
For details on the funding in each Local Authority area please see the below table.
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Notes to editor:
The Community Activities Fund is being administered under the existing Community Enhancement Programme (CEP), which is targeted towards enhancing facilities in disadvantaged communities.
The Community Enhancement Programme was launched for the first time in 2018. Between 2018 and the end of 2020 the CEP has provided funding to over 8,000 projects across the country. A list of projects is provided on the following link: Community Enhancement Programme reports
The funding provided to each Local Authority area is outlined in the above table. 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 funding is administered locally by Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) across the country, with support from their Local Authority.
Applications for funding can be made to the relevant LCDC. Contact details for LCDCs are available here.