Mayo PPN Newsletter #9


Mayo PPN Newsletter

Mayo PPN wants to hear from you!!!

Are you part of a Community Group providing useful services and supports as part of the national response to Covid-19?


If so, Mayo Public Participation wants to hear from you.


Tell us your story by sending us a short video clip or a summary of your activities and be in with a chance of winning one of the three €200 prizes for your community Group.


For application form please visit :


This week is International Men’s Health Week

Croí are delighted to collaborate with the HSE Ireland and other voluntary organisations to provide information and to assist men throughout the region to be more aware of their health.


Watch the first of two videos below, ‘Minding our Health’, with:

– Dr. Brian Higgins, GP, Galway Primary Care;
– Pat O’Donnell, Croí Volunteer;
– Paul Gillen, Health Promotion Officer, CHO2 Galway Mayo Roscommon;
– Liam McHale, former Mayo GAA Gaelic footballer; and
– Patricia Hall, Croí Cardiovascular Nurse Specialist and Third Age Lead.


Learn more –

PHASE 2 : Irelands easing of lockdown restrictions 

COVID-19 is still having a major impact on our country. By working together we have made progress – but the virus is still in Ireland.


As we reopen our country, it is vital that we all continue to observe the public health guidance. To stay safe, you need to limit where you go and limit the number of people you meet.


Here are five things you should know for Phase 2:


  • Stay Local: You may travel within your own county, or up to 20 kilometres from your home if crossing county boundaries.


  • Meeting other people: You may meet up to 6 people from outside your household both indoors and outdoors for social gatherings. Organised outdoor exercise, sporting, cultural or social activities of up to 15 people may take place.


  • Shops: All retail is reopening. Shop locally, shop safely and support businesses in your community.


  • Work from home: It is more important than ever to work from home where possible.


  • Transport: Walk or cycle if you can. Only use public transport if you absolutely need to. Public transport capacity is limited because of social distancing requirements.


For some more information please visit :


2020 CLÁR Programme will help rural communities respond to COVID 19 – Minister Ring

€5 million fund forms part of Minister’s integrated Rural Development Investment Programme


CLÁR is one element of a €30 million package of co-ordinated and complementary supports that is being launched by the Minister this week as part of his Department’s Rural Development Investment Programme.   The other elements of the programme to be opened later this week will be the Town and Village Renewal Scheme and the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.  The Rural Development Investment Programme is funded under Project Ireland 2040.


CLÁR provides funding for small scale infrastructural projects in rural areas that have suffered significant levels of population decline. The supports provided through CLÁR have been tailored this year to help rural communities to respond to the new COVID-19 environment. This includes the addition of new funding measures.


For more info please visit :

Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2020

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In 2020, the Rural Development Investment Programme, including the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, is being tailored to address the emerging challenges associated with COVID-19. For the Town & Village Renewal Scheme this means:


A focus under the standard Town and Village Renewal Scheme on interventions that can respond to the new challenges associated with COVID-19 and support the economic and social recovery of our rural towns and villages.

The introduction of a new strand of the Town and Village Renewal Scheme for 2020 that focuses on immediate interventions that can be delivered in the short-term to assist towns and villages to adapt to COVID-19.


Under the 2020 scheme, up to 90% of the total cost for each approved project is provided by the department, with the remaining 10% being provided either through community contribution and/or the local authority.


Click Here for more information 


Mayo County Council COVID 19 Restart Fund for small businesses

Fund designed to help small businesses get back on their feet

Mayo County Council  accepting applications for the Government’s €250m Restart Fund for small businesses.


The Fund provides support of between €2,000 and €10,000 for micro and small businesses to help them with the costs associated with reopening and reemploying workers following COVID-19 closures.


The Restart Fund will be available for qualifying businesses which were closed or impacted by at least a 25% reduction in turnover out to 30th June 2020.


For more info please visit :

Mayo Arts Services Grants 2020

Mayo Arts Service is inviting applications from Mayo-based groups and organisations who wish to be considered for Grants under the Arts Act, 2003, in respect of Arts Events which they are planning for 2020.


Application forms here:

NUIG 1916 Bursary Fund

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The Bursaries are targeted at new entry students (entering first year)  who are underrepresented in higher education and who are from one or more of the target groups that have low participation rates in higher education:

Each student who is awarded the 1916 Bursary will receive a bursary in the amount of €5,000 for each year of their undergraduate programme of study. The bursary will be paid each year of the course up to a maximum of four years for full-time students and six years for part-time students providing the recipient complies with the bursary guidelines and progresses to the next academic year of their course.


Applications here:


The closing date for applications for the Food Academy is Friday the 26th of June. The Food Academy is a development programme of workshops, mentoring, and the opportunity to pitch to SuperValu store owners. This is a unique opportunity to see your product on the shelf of one of Ireland’s leading retailers.


Bord Bia, SuperValu, and the Local Enterprise Office collaborate to ensure you have every opportunity to grow your business.


Contact Local Enterprise Office Mayo on [email protected]

Renewables firm eyes €100m Mayo wind farm

Renewable energy developer Mercury Renewables has approached An Bord Pleanála regarding a pre-application consultation for a wind farm in Mayo which could represent an investment of €100m. The company is hoping to construct up to 15 wind turbines, grid connection and all associated works for the Firlough Windfarm in Bonniconlon. Mercury Renewables has permission from Mayo County Council for a 21-turbine wind farm but new technology means fewer are needed. The proposed site would generate around 70 megawatts (MW) of electricity, potentially enough to power approximately 50,000 homes. The scheme could create up to 100 construction jobs as well as half a dozen permanent maintenance jobs.

Irish Independent


A Just Transition for Farmers 

Restructuring agriculture and supporting and incentivising farmers to move to more sustainable agricultural practices is integral to a Just Transition in Ireland.


One of the fundamental principles of a Just Transition is to leave no people, communities, economic sectors or regions behind as we transition to a low carbon future.


A clear pathway for the farming community outlining how they will be supported as part of a Just Transition, and the benefits of sustainable farming practice to our environment, natural capital and to their household incomes is essential.


Read More.


Mayo County Council is delighted that Home to Mayo, a Mayo tourism and diaspora connection initiative has been selected to be part of the Global Irish Festival Series – a joint initiative between Fáilte Ireland and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


The Global Irish Festival Series deemed Mayo County Council’s Home to Mayo successful for up to €100k in funding, as it taps into international diaspora networks to help attract overseas visitors.


Home to Mayo comprises of a robust tourism and diaspora initiative, which will include a series of events running throughout May 2021 incorporating existing festivals along with participatory experiences across ‘emigration’ towns in the county. Home to Mayo will also include the internationally celebrated Mayo Day and a new diaspora community event the Mayo World Convention, which will encourage diaspora to visit Mayo post the COVID-19 public health emergency.


Read more:

Mayo Autism Camp FREE Webinar 

Registration is open for our Mayo Autism Camp’s webinar on Tuesday next, June 16th, 2020 at 9 pm. Among the speakers is James Hunt from “Stories About Autism”, a dad of two amazing boys with Autism who will give an insight into his experience of the world of ASD and the challenges he has had to face.

A story not to be missed and be sure to have a tissue to the ready!


You can contact Mayo Autism Camp on
087 788 1864 for more details.

Volunteer Ireland Training 

Volunteer Irelands webinar series continues across the Summer months.

This is an ideal time to upskill yourself.  Don’t forget we’ve also got a range of videos, factsheets and templates to help you manage your programme during COVID-19.


Webinar series continues through to the end of August and you can book your place on any of these free webinars right now. Here are the upcoming sessions:



  • Fundamentals of interviewing skills, 16 June


  • Managing change, 17 June


  • Fundamentals of volunteer safeguarding, 23 June


  • LinkedIn for Non Profits, Building your brand, 24 June


  • Fundamentals of training design, 30 June



  • Fundamentals of retaining volunteers, 7 July


  • Kickstarting your volunteer programme, 14 July


  • Fundamentals of volunteer screening, 21 July


  • Fundamentals of virtual volunteering, 28 July


August / September


  • Fundamentals of training online, 4 August


  • Fundamentals of volunteering trends, 11 August


  • Fundamentals of Garda Vetting, 2 September


A series of free online training courses (starting June 8th onwards) has been launched by Local Enterprise Office Mayo covering the areas of finance, marketing, HR, social media and strategic planning.


Make sure to book your spot here:

The PPN empowers you and the wider community to make an input and influence the future well-being of County Mayo
Mayo PPN in collaboration with Mayo County Council provides community groups with training/networking & representation on decision-making committees of Mayo County Council.

Mayo PPN

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