Newsletter 30th March 2018

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It’s been a busy few weeks so this is the first newsletter in 4 weeks.

Lots of opportunities in this edition to enter for awards and apply for grants.


Happy Easter to you all.

Inside this issue:
Plenary Meeting – Update
CLÁR Funding
Awards for Your Community
Opportunities for Creativity
More Funding

Upcoming Events
Public Consultations

March 30th 2018
Vol 1, Issue 7

Plenary Meeting – Update

The members of Leitrim Public Participation Network voted to work with third level researchers and other counties on providing solutions to one-off housing waste water requirements at their Plenary Meetings last Wednesday night in Drumshanbo.  This was one item in a packed agenda.

A small but engaged crowd heard Mr Ian Pudney , Rhatigan Architects, outline the requirements of Planning in the context of County Leitrim. His positive brief identified the fact that 87% of rural Leitrim is not suitable for the approved method of waste water treatment. After discussion on related topics, Plenary approved Leitrim PPN to move forward with third level researchers and other counties facing similar difficulties to try and find a solution to this issue.

At Plenary 2018In a busy evening the members heard feedback from the PPN via Facilitator, Philip Rooney and resource worker, Tracy Ferguson. She will be visiting groups through outreach offices at Ballinamore and Rossinver in the coming weeks  and she urged members to watch the website, emails and social media for updates on news and funding. Leitrim PPN has representatives on many committees that influence policy and decision-making and some of these roles were vacant for nominations and elections. The members were addressed by PPN Rep, Ita Flynn on how this works on the Local Community Development Committee and Sean O’Connor and Donal Fox outlined the responsibilities of representatives on the North West Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force (NWRDATF) and the Board of Management of Leitrim Development Company respectively.

Nominations ratified:

  • Leslie O’Hora, Director of Good Energies Alliance, will take a place on the Secretariat for the Environmental Pillar.
  • Damien Hamill – Ballinamore Municipal District, Peadar Flynn & Teresa O’Callghan – Carrick on Shannon Municipal District, all join the Board of Management of Leitrim Development Company.
  • Tommy Flynn – Social Inclusion Pillar, joins the Joint Policing Committee.
  • Mary McKiernan & Francie Gilmartin – Social Inclusion, were ratified to remain on the North West Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force.

Two vacancies for Community Representation from Leitrim PPN to the NWRDATF remain unfilled.

Thanks to everyone who attended and especially the nominees for roles.


€ 5 Million CLÁR Funding announced.

CLÁR provides funding for small scale capital projects in rural areas that have experienced significant levels of depopulation. The programme supports investments such as play areas for children; traffic calming measures around schools; and support for emergency responders.

There are 3 funding measures under CLÁR:

  • Measure 1:   Support for Schools/Community Safety Measures;
  • Measure 2:   Schools/Community Play Areas (including Multiple Use Games Areas);
  • Measure 3:   First Response Support Measure.

Maximum and minimum amounts depend on what you are applying and your group needs to be able to provide at least 5% and up to 10% of match funding.


Funding for Measures 1 and 2 is operated by via the relevant Local Authority – Leitrim County Council. Applications must be received by April 19th 2018.

Measure 3 is operated directly by the Dept of Rural and Community Development. Applications must be received by April 30th 2018

In total, a maximum of 15 applications can be submitted to the department from Leitrim County Council.

for more details and downloads of forms.


Following the success of last year’s “Environmental and Community Awards,”  we are delighted to launch a bigger and better awards scheme in cooperation with Leitrim County Council.  These awards celebrate your work in keeping Leitrim beautiful and adding to the social fabric of our communities.

The new Love Where You Live – Leitrim awards has an added category in the social section, Community Resilience, and a new Special Merit award in the Cleaner & Greener contest.

Out judging in 2017

Éanna Ní Lamhna, out and about enjoying the judging of the 2017 awards.


Award Categories:
Community & Voluntary  Environmental
Community Resources Cleaner & Greener
Social Inclusion Primary & Secondary Schools
Unsung Hero Best Kept Estate
Community Resilience Business


There are three awards in each category, one for each Municipal District:  Ballinamore, Carrick on Shannon and Manorhamilton.

Entries are now open and applications should be submitted by April 20th. For nomination form in all categories CLICK HERE or contact Tracy at or phone 087 183 1253.


Young people are encouraged to research topics or share their personal experiences and create either: a short video, an audio podcast, a news article or a poster. The age categories for entering are:

               12-14;      15-17;      18-21;      22-25.

The themes for the 2018 competition are divided into two categories based on age. The themes for the 12-14 and 15-17 age categories are; 1. Talk about – underage drinking and the risks; 2. Talk about – cannabis and the risks. More information about the awards is available on the website at the link below.



Leitrim County Council seeks Creative Ireland Project Manager and announces closing dates for upcoming programmes

Save the date – June 23rd – Cruinniú na nÓg, celebrating creativity in young people

Do you have an idea for an event for children and young people celebrating culture and creativity that you would like to see happen?

Saturday June 23rd was established this year under the Creative Ireland programme as a national day of creativity for children and young people. While the focus of most events will be on Saturday 23rd itself, events can also happen on the day before for those groups, especially schools, that meet during the week.

If you are interested in organising an event Leitrim County Council can provide financial support towards the running  costs  – particularly of hiring artists or other culture/creativity sector practitioners and of materials.

Closing date for applications is Friday 20th April.


Call for applications – Creative Ireland Open Call

The Creative Ireland Open Call is open to community groups, organisations, venues, artists, writers, performers, archaeologists, historians, archivists and everyone involved in the culture and creative sectors to develop high quality projects and programmes that enable groups and individuals to realise their full creative potential and develop and encourage greater access, knowledge and appreciation of the arts, culture and heritage.

Applications must be developed by a community group, venue or organisation in partnership with individuals with professional expertise in any creative or cultural arena such as visual or performing arts, literature, heritage or other culture area.

Completed forms must be marked ‘Creative Leitrim Open Call 2018’ and returned before Friday 1st June.


Leitrim County Council seeks Creative Ireland Project Manager

Leitrim County Council invites tenders from suitably qualified and experienced individuals to manage the 2018 Creative Ireland Open Call and Cruinniú na nÓg programmes. Applicants should have a thorough knowledge of the creative sector and may have a background in Arts & Culture or Community Development. For further information contact Philip Delamere at or phone 071 96 21694.

The closing date for expressions of interest is Friday 13th April.



Your opinion matters. All statutory bodies engage with Public Participation Networks when seeking public consultation. If you would like Leitrim PPN to engage further on any particular topic just get in touch through any Representative or by contacting

Current Consultations:


The Loneliness Taskforce was established by Dr. Keith Swanick in collaboration with Seán Moynihan of ALONE to coordinate a response to the epidemic of loneliness and social isolation in Ireland. The Loneliness Taskforce is seeking to increase awareness about the issue and to produce a set of recommendations for Government, state agencies and all policy makers

The Loneliness Taskforce would like to hear your suggestions or proposals, to incorporate them into the report that will be published in the coming months. For more information about submitting a proposal CLICK HERE.


Do You have Opinions on the role of Voluntary Organisations in publicly funded health and social care? Now’s your chance to have your say.

The Minister for Health is looking at current arrangements with regard to the role of voluntary agencies in the provision of services across the health and social care sector. The Department seeks to consider the issues currently arising and those likely to arise in the future; and to make recommendations on how the relationship between the State and voluntary organisations should evolve in the future.

More details about the public consultation and a link to an on line questionnaire are available from the Leitrim PPN website at the link below.



We do our best to publish the local and most relevant funding opportunities in the newsletter. There are others. Remember to keep an eye on our Facebook or Twitter communications and the website:

PPN Annual Report 2016 Cover

Ireland Fund Flagship Grants


The Flagship Grant Round will be open for applications from Monday, 9th April to Friday, 27th April 2018. So get your thinking caps on now, plan ahead and plan early for this grant round. More information on the Flagship Grant Round is available on the Leitrim PPN website.



The Older Persons’ Fund is a long-term philanthropic fund which promotes the civic engagement of older people, as a means of working towards making a difference in their communities. The Fund builds on the Community Foundation’s long-standing engagement and commitment to supporting older people in their communities. They have invested over €1m in this area to date. More information on the Older Person’s Fund including links to application forms can be found on the Leitrim PPN website at the link below



  • A €300,000 fund shared between three to four projects (This includes cash grants of up to €70,000 per project)
  • A place on Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s Accelerator programme fromJanuary to June 2019. The programme, which is designed to sustain and grow your project, will be made up of bespoke supports such as mentoring, assistance with strategic planning, and expertise on maximising your impact.



The Equality Fund is open to social projects with main beneficiaries who belong to one or more of the following groups: LGBTI persons, migrants, prisoners and former offenders, and persons affected by gender-based violence.

For more information about the fund and applying for the grant CLICK HERE


Closing date for applications is 30th April 2018.

The Women’s Fund for Ireland is a long-term philanthropic fund established by the Community Foundation for Ireland in 2010,. Its mission is to encourage philanthropy among women, to improve the lives of women and girls through social change grant making and to educate the entire community about the benefits to society when the potential of women is realised. More information about the Women’s Fund and how to apply can be found at the link below.


The rescheduled performance and post-performance discussion will take place at the Glens Centre, Manorhamilton on
April 17th 2018 at 7.30pm.
Green & Blue explores painful and humorous realities faced by the individuals who patrolled the border during the conflict in and about Northern Ireland. Based on an oral archive of RUC and An Garda Síochána officers, the production fuses theatre and film to look at the person behind the uniform.

After the one hour performance there will be an opportunity to engage with the Playwright Laurence McKeown and Director Paula McFetridge about the play.

“At one point we took on a role that became an identity and that identity now defines us. We’re a uniform, not real people”. 

Free Admission 
Group or Individual Bookings: Email Numbers/Names/Contact number per group to
Tel: The Glens Centre 071 985 583
The Performance will be on our website (in due course) – please note a 1€charge applies for online bookings.

The performance and Discussion is supported by 
The International Fund for Ireland

For more details: CLICK HERE



The previous newsletter highlighted a public consultation on the Hinkley C Nuclear Power Station.

Irish Environmental Network and Louth PPN have organised an information session about Hinkley C and continued expansion of the UK’s nuclear progrramme. This includes plans to bury nuclear waste in Northern Ireland.

The event takes place in An Tain Theatre Space, Dundalk on April 9th at 7 pm.

For more information
Click Here

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