Ministers Humphreys and O’Brien publish details of €15 million Community Centres Investment Fund to support community groups for the upgrade and refurbishment of existing Community Centres.

13th April, 2022

  • The fund will provide grants of between €10,000 and €300,000 for capital works projects.
  • Projects to enhance and develop existing Community Centres throughout the country.
  • Supporting community groups is a key focus of ‘Our Rural Future’

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, and Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities, Joe O’Brien TD, have today announced a new €15 million capital fund to support community groups for the upgrade and refurbishment of existing Community Centres.  This is an investment in both rural and urban communities across the Country.

The Community Centres Investment Fund will support community groups, particularly in disadvantaged areas, with the upgrade and development of their Community Centre facilities.

Funding will be available under 3 Categories with grants of between €10k and €300K available:

Category 1: Small scale projects/improvements to facilities – €10,000 to €25,000.

Category 2: Larger scale projects – €25,001 to €100,000.

Category 3: Major projects- €100,001 to €300,000.

Applications under Category 2 and 3 must include a minimum contribution of 5% of the total project costs from the applicants own funds.

Funding is available for capital works such as:

  • Energy retrofitting – projects that reduce an organisation’s carbon footprint.
  • Works to address safety concerns, including as a result of fire safety audits.
  • Works to improve disability access.
  • Works to improve communal facilities such as kitchen and toilet facilities
  • Improvements to assist in providing additional or better services to the community
  • Essential maintenance works.

Registration will be open on Tuesday the 3rd of May 2022, applicants need to register as ‘users’ on the portal in advance of the application process opening on Tuesday the 7th of June 2022.  The closing date for applications is Thursday 14th July 2022.

The Department will be hosting a number of online information events in May and June 2022 to provide guidance in relation to the application process and details will be released in due course.

Guidelines and a sample application form are now available at www.gov.ie/drcd.

Announcing the funding, Minister O’Brien said:

Community Centres are at the heart of every community. We need places for people to meet up, to play sport and engage in all sorts of activities. The Centres are important and we support them in every way we can.  We want to continue to invest in high quality projects up and down the country to support thriving rural areas and create vibrant communities. Today’s announcement will allow communities to improve and enhance their facilities ensuring they continue to be the important community resource that they are.’

Minister O’Brien added:

The newly announced Community Centres Investment Fund, will play a large part in supporting the development of Community Centres throughout the country both in rural and urban areas, allowing people to engage with their communities and the supports available. That is why I am committed to supporting the Community & Voluntary sector to maximise its impact in communities throughout Ireland.

ENDS

Notes to editor:

 

  • The Community Centres Investment Fund will provide grants for larger projects, over €10k up to a maximum contribution of €300k towards capital costs.

 

  • Category 1: Small scale projects/improvements to facilities €10,000 – €25,000.
  • Category 2: Larger scale projects €25,001 to €100,000.
  • Category 3: Major projects €100,001 to €300,000.

 

  • Applications under Category 2 and 3 must include a minimum contribution of 5% of the total project costs from the applicants own funds.
  • The fund will provide grants of between €10k and €300k to include works such as:
  • Energy retrofitting – projects that reduce an organisation’s carbon footprint.
  • Works to address safety concerns, including as a result of fire safety audits.
  • Works to improve disability access.
  • Works to improve communal facilities such as kitchen and toilet facilities.
  • Improvements to assist provide additional or better services to the community
  • Essential maintenance works.
  • Fund guidelines and a sample application form are available to view at gov.ie/drcd
  • Information sessions will be ran in the coming weeks to provide guidance in relation to the applications process and details will be released in due course.