Community Enhancement Programme
The Minister Mr Michael Ring TD, announced a new community funding programme in the Ardnacassa estate in Longford Town yesterday – Thurs 31st May.
The Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) will provide €129,223 funding for Co. Leitrim in 2018. The CEP programme replaces and builds on two existing schemes (Communities Facilities Scheme and RAPID). It is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development.
Minister Ring said: “This new Programme will provide funding to communities across Ireland to enhance facilities in disadvantaged areas. Some funding is ring-fenced for smaller projects, from lawnmowers and IT equipment to minor renovations to buildings. The CEP also provides funding towards larger projects in disadvantaged areas. The programme helps support important work by communities and I am delighted that my Department can help in this way.’’
Typical enhancements under the programme could include the renovation of community centres, community amenities, improvements to town parks, common areas and spaces, CCTV equipment and energy efficiency-type projects.
Applying for the Funding
Full details of the funding application and guidelines should be available shortly but the closing date has been announced as 5pm on Mon. 30th July. Check the Leitrim PPN newsletter issued to member groups and also this website and the Leitrim PPN Facebook and Twitter pages. For more on being funding ready see our cornerstone article HERE.
RAPID Funding 2017
Successful applicants received a total of € 64,000 in 2017. The successful projects applied under strategic themes of Living and Well Being (C1) and Inclusion (C4) as stated in Leitrim’s Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP).
They were also assessed under the seven RAPID strategic themes of Family Support, Health, Youth, Employment & Training, Community Safety & Anti-Social Behaviour, Physical Environment, and Education.
- Kinlough Community Development Co Ltd
- Manorhamilton Enterprise Forum
- Dromahair Arts & Recreation Group
- Ballinamore Community Council
- Drumshanbo Tidy Towns
- Breffni Youth Cafe
- Leitrim Association for Disabilities
Community Facilities Scheme 2017
This scheme funded projects that enhanced communities and addressed disadvantage at a local level. Successful projects in Leitrim included office equipment, project resources, research facilities, energy efficiency equipment and defibrillators. In 2017, a total of €63,905.12 was distributed to 107 community groups all over Leitrim.
For more on the announcement CLICK HERE.
Michael Ring T.D., the Minister for Rural and Community Development has announced details of €12 million in funding for the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme for 2018. The Scheme will provide funding for the development and maintenance of outdoor amenities such as greenways, blueways and cycleways. Applications to the value of €12 million will be approved this year and the scheme will be implemented up to the end of 2019.
Full details of the scheme will be issued by the Department of Rural and Community Development to all Local Authorities and other relevant bodies in the coming days. CLICK HERE for More