Minister for Disability and Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East, Anne Rabbitte, has welcomed the allocation of over half a million euro to support community groups impacted by Covid-19 across Galway County and City.

The Community Activities Fund will support groups with their running costs such as utility or insurance bills, as well as with improvements to their facilities. A total of €286,802 has been allocated to Galway County Council while €264,910 has been allocated to Galway City Council.

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.

Minister Rabbitte commented:

This funding will be a great boost to community organisations, clubs, men’s and women’s sheds, youth centres and parish halls across Galway, many of whom have continued to serve their community during COVID-19.

These grants may be small in nature, but they mean a lot to these groups. This is about giving a helping hand to our local groups and clubs across Galway. I would encourage all interested groups to get in touch with their Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) that administers the programme in their area.

And she concluded:

Once again, we see the government providing crucial financial supports to rural Ireland and this ensures that important work can continue to be delivered by communities on the ground.

This once-off fund is being allocated by the Department of Rural and Community Development 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.  To contact info@grd.ie to learn more.

Irish Local Development Network

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