Ministers Humphreys and O’Brien announce €9 million Fund to support community groups 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.
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).
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.
“I would encourage all interested groups to get in touch with their Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) that administers the programme in their area.
Please see below link for a press release on the funding launch, which contains details of the funding allocation to each Local Authority area.
- Application form/guidance will be available here once the scheme opens.