Thursday, November 11, 2021

Fine Gael TD Alan Dillon has welcomed funding of over €290,000 to support community groups impacted by COVID-19 in County Mayo.

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.

The aims of the fund are outlined below:

  • ‘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’

Announcing the funding today, Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD 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. 

“Supporting local communities to shape their future is a key focus of the Government’s new rural development policy, Our Rural Future.  The funding I am announcing today will ensure that important work can continue to be delivered by communities on the ground and I’m delighted that every single county will benefit.”

Also announcing the funding today, Minister Joe O’Brien said:

“This past year has, once again, shown the importance of a vibrant Community and Voluntary sector. The efforts of local community groups & volunteers throughout the pandemic has been immense and this funding will help to provide practical support to smaller community groups and facilities at a grassroots level across the country.”

Deputy Dillon concluded “I hope that this will continue to help foster and grow the community spirit that is so evident across Ireland, I would encourage all interested groups to get in touch with their Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) that administers the programme in their area.

In order to allow flexibility, the Department is not setting a national closing date, but will allow each LCDC to set its own, to best suit its area. The Department will require that all closing dates are no later than 28 February 2022. Groups should check with their LCDC for further details.

 

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