Feighan calls on local Community Groups to consider €9 million Fund to support them if impacted by COVID-19
- ‘Fund to provide small grants for community groups impacted by the Pandemic’
- Facilities such as community centres, men’s and women’s sheds, parish halls and youth centres to be supported
- Supporting community groups 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 €9 million fund to support community groups impacted by COVID-19.
The Community Activities Fund will support groups, particularly in disadvantaged areas, with their running costs such as utility or insurance bills, as well as with improvements to their facilities.
Local TD and Minister of State is anxious to highlight this funding among local groups including men’s sheds, parish and community halls and youth centres.
Groups will also be able to use the funding to carry out necessary repairs and to purchase equipment such as tables and chairs, tools and signage, laptops and printers, lawnmowers, canopies and training equipment.
The once-off fund will be allocated under the Department’s Community Enhancement Programme and will be administered locally by the Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs).
In order 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.
Announcing the funding today, Minister Humphreys said:
“This funding is about giving a helping hand to our local groups and clubs, which have continued to serve their community during COVID-19.
“These grants may be small in nature, but they help thousands of community organisations, clubs, men’s and women’s sheds, youth centres and parish halls.
Minister Feighan also said,
“I would encourage all interested groups to get in touch with their Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) in Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon and Donegal that administers the programme in their area.
“Supporting local communities to shape their future is a key focus of the Government’s new rural development policy, Our Rural Future. The funding that Minister Humphreys and O’Brien is announcing today will ensure that important work can continue to be delivered by communities on the ground and I’m delighted that every single county will benefit including Sligo, Leitrim Roscommon and Donegal as part of this constituency,” concluded Minister Feighan