Over 880 projects across every single county to receive funding

  • €50 million investment for sports clubs, schools, community organisations and other local groups
  • major initiative to support and reward communities that have welcomed Ukrainians and other nationalities
  • projects range from largescale multi-purpose sports facilities, upgrades to community centres, equipment for sports clubs, outdoor walkways, playgrounds, community buses and equipment for festivals
  • funding to be administered by the Department of Rural and Community Development

The government has announced €50 million in funding for over 880 projects as part of the first-ever Community Recognition Fund.

The major initiative is designed to support and reward communities that have welcomed families and citizens from Ukraine and other countries.

The €50 million Community Recognition Fund has been allocated across all local authorities based on the number of new arrivals located there (see allocations below).

The Fund, administered by the Department of Rural and Community Development, follows an extensive consultation process with local authorities who submitted their individual list of projects for approval.

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Announcing the first tranche of the successful projects, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said:

Communities across Ireland have responded to the migration crisis, whether it involves people fleeing the war in Ukraine or seeking asylum from other parts of the world.

We have opened our homes, schools, sporting and community facilities.

Your generosity and kindness epitomises the very best of the wonderful community spirit we have across Ireland.

So I am delighted to announce the approval of €50 million for projects all over Ireland under this major investment.

This funding will go directly to communities who have responded, developing projects like sports facilities, community vehicles and bus shelters, walks, playgrounds and equipment for sports clubs for the benefit of all residents, old and new.

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Welcoming the announcement Minister Rabbitte said:

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.

Too often we underestimate the power of  a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

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Minister Humphreys added:

This €50 million Community Recognition Fund is all about recognising the efforts of communities who have gone above and beyond during what has been a very challenging period for our country.

It’s about supporting towns and villages nationwide that have shown such generosity in welcoming people from Ukraine and other countries.

Through this initiative, we will develop parks and recreational amenities. We will fund sports and outdoor equipment, transport infrastructure, playgrounds and even festivals.

This is about giving back, it’s about saying ‘thank you’ to communities for their efforts.

I look forward to seeing the positive impact that this funding will have on the ground in communities all across Ireland.

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Minister for Community Development and Charities Joe O’Brien said:

It is right that communities that have welcomed large numbers of new arrivals are recognised in some tangible way.

This fund will help those communities to develop projects ranging from large-scale multi-purpose sports facilities to transport infrastructure such as community vehicles, bus shelters, walkways, cycle paths, playgrounds and equipment for sports clubs.

We want to further strengthen local communities, to further empower them to utilise community spaces for the benefit of all in the community.

IIhan Omar said:

As a refugee who fled civil war as a child, I am still trying to figure out where I fit in – which is perhaps why the most important note I found sticking to the wall outside my office had only three words. You belong here.

Details of successful projects can be found here: 👇👇👇
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