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 that over 3,000 projects have been supported through the 2020 Community Enhancement Programme (CEP).

The Programme, funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development, is designed to support community groups, particularly in disadvantaged areas, through the provision of small capital grants.

Among the projects funded in 2020 include childcare groups and playgrounds, recreational groups, community gardens and premises, sports grounds and initiatives that support the elderly.

There were two rounds of this funding in 2020 – June and August – with a total of €7m available to improve facilities.

In total 3,068 projects are being funded.

Minister Rabbitte welcomed the latest announcement commenting:

Community has never been as important as it is today.  As we turn to our communities to provide comfort, solace and nurture hope, it is so important that these valuable community led projects are supported,

Commenting today, Minister Humphreys stated:

The Community Enhancement Programme has supported a varied and wide-ranging list of projects in every county of Ireland across 2020. The Programme shows how relatively small amounts of funding can make a big difference to communities and organisations that carry out really important work.  If we’ve learned anything in recent months, as we’ve coped with this Pandemic, it’s the importance of our small community groups.  They have gone above and beyond in 2020 and I am delighted as Minister to support them.

Minister O’Brien stated:

The work completed by community and voluntary groups each year is hugely important and can be seen in communities around the country. I am delighted that an additional €5 million was secured as part of the July Stimulus for community centres which is making a big difference across the country.

The projects listed show the value of work being completed and I would encourage groups to contact their Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) for information on the 2021 CEP when this is launched later this year.

Some examples of the type of projects supported include:

  • The development of COVID-19 compliant play areas for children.
  • The purchase of COVID-19 related equipment to facilitate the reopening of community premises.
  • Upgrades to community centres and facilities, as well as the purchase of equipment to maintain community gardens and areas.
  • Marquees, heaters, IT and other equipment to facilitate social distancing.

This ensures that LCDCs can use their local experience to ensure the funding goes to where it is needed most. It is intended to run the programme again in 2021.

The list of projects supported to date under both rounds of the Community Enhancement Programme is available on the Government’s Website.

Abbeyknockmoy Handball
Club
Abbeyknockmoy2,570
Active in Age OranmoreOranmore940
Ahascragh Development
Association
Ahascragh1,600
Annaghdown Heritage
Society
Annaghdown420
Athenry Community First
Responders
Athenry2,580
Athenry Men's ShedAthenry1,800
Ballinasloe Cancer Support
Centre Ltd
Ballinasloe750
Ballinderreen Community
Centre
Ballinderreen2,000
Ballygar Tidy TownsBallygar1,960
Brothers of Charity Suas
Services
Ballinasloe3,810
Clifden Community Arts
Festival
Clifden480
Clonbur Community AlertClonbur1,850
Coiste Forbartha an
Mháma
Maam790
Colemanstown United FCColemanstown975
Comharchumann Dhuíche Sheoigheach/SSTClonbur1,000
Connemara RFCOughterard1,900
Connemara Therapeutic
Riding CLG
Clifden1,000
Cúl an TíAn Spideal2,900
Glinsk Community
Childcare
Glinsk1,110
Gort Community Council LtdGort1,500
Gort Resource CentreGort3,000
Gort Tidy TownsGort1,000
Gortaganna Cemetery
Committee
Woodford2,000
Grow in IrelandBallinasloe 670
Headford Community
Garden
Headford1,300
Headford Men's ShedHeadford820
Inishbofin Community
Services Programme
Inishbofin930
Inishbofin Development
Company CLG
Inishbofin590
Ionad Cuimhn Eachain na
nlmirceach Teo
Carna450
Ionad Lae RosmucRosmuc840
Irish Heart FoundationCountywide500
Kilcoona Social CentreHeadford1,700
Kilshanvey UnitedKilconly1,490
Lackagh Museum & Community Development
Ass
Lackagh1,000
Monivea Rugby Football
Club
Monivea1,750
Mountbellew District
Development Association
Mountbellew1,300
Mountbellew Heritage &
Tourism Network CLG
Mountbellew640
Naíolann na nOileáinLeitir Mor1,200
St Michael's Hall
Craughwell
Craughwell2,704
St Teresas, St Annes, St Grellans Resident
Association
Ballinasloe1,000
The Craughwell and Ballymanagh Community
First Responder Group
Craughwell1,290
Tuam Men's ShedTuam1,300
Western Traveller & Intercultural DevelopmentTuam2,600
Woodford Parish
Development Group
Woodford1,240

 

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