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 that over 3,000 projects have been supported through the 2020 Community Enhancement Programme (CEP).
The Programme, funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development, is designed to support community groups, particularly in disadvantaged areas, through the provision of small capital grants.
Among the projects funded in 2020 include childcare groups and playgrounds, recreational groups, community gardens and premises, sports grounds and initiatives that support the elderly.
There were two rounds of this funding in 2020 – June and August – with a total of €7m available to improve facilities. In total 3,068 projects are being funded.
Commenting today, Minister Humphreys stated:
“The Community Enhancement Programme has supported a varied and wide-ranging list of projects in every county of Ireland across 2020. The Programme shows how relatively small amounts of funding can make a big difference to communities and organisations that carry out really important work. If we’ve learned anything in recent months, as we’ve coped with this Pandemic, it’s the importance of our small community groups. They have gone above and beyond in 2020 and I am delighted as Minister to support them.”
Minister O’Brien stated:
“The work completed by community and voluntary groups each year is hugely important and can be seen in communities around the country. I am delighted that an additional €5 million was secured as part of the July Stimulus for community centres which is making a big difference across the country. The projects listed show the value of work being completed and I would encourage groups to contact their Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) for information on the 2021 CEP when this is launched later this year.”
Some examples of the type of projects supported include:
- The development of COVID-19 compliant play areas for children.
- The purchase of COVID-19 related equipment to facilitate the reopening of community premises.
- Upgrades to community centres and facilities, as well as the purchase of equipment to maintain community gardens and areas.
- Marquees, heaters, IT and other equipment to facilitate social distancing.
Some county-by-county examples of projects that were supported through CEP in June 2020:
- Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown: Loughlinstown Community Rooms: €12,500
- Co. Donegal: Donegal Family Resource Centre: €5,000
- Co. Cavan: Acquired Brain Injury Cavan: €2,000
- Co. Mayo: Mayo Traveller Support Group: €2,500
- Co. Louth: Irish Wheelchair Association Louth: €3,200
- Co. Meath: Meath Community Drug and Alcohol Response: €2,263
- Co Offaly: Edenderry’s Women’s Shed: €1,629
- Dublin City: Finglas Addiction Support Team: €5,375
- Co. Clare: Ennis Schools Completion Programme: €4,606
- Co. Galway: Athenry Community First Responders: €2,580
- Co Kildare: Kildare Branch of Down Syndrome Ireland : €3,636
- Co Limerick: Learning Hub Limerick: €5,000
- Co. Cork: Cork Special Olympics Swimming Club: €1,000
- Co. Longford: North Longford Girl Guides: €1,200
Some county-by-county examples of community centre projects supported through CEP in August:
- Galway City: Doughiska Roscam Ardaun Community Development Company: €25,622
- Co. Carlow: Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre: €42,367
- Co. Clare: Clonlara Community Centre: €12,596
- Co. Monaghan: Youth Work Ireland – Ballybay Youth Café: €12,000
- South County Dublin: St Aengus Parish and Tallaght Senior Citizens Club/Community Centre: €15,000
- Cork City: Early Start Farranree: €27,640
- Donegal: Twin Towns Lost and Found Dogs: €3,000
- Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown: Glencullen Community Centre: €10,421
- Fingal: Naul Hall Users Group: €10,000
- Kerry: Tralee Community Garden Project: €3,750
- Laois: Rosenallis Community Centre: €15,350
- Louth: Redeemer Family Resource Centre: €11,650
- Meath: Enfield Development Group: €14,457
Today’s announcement follows open application processes which were administered by Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) in each Local Authority area.
This ensures that LCDCs can use their local experience to ensure the funding goes to where it is needed most. It is intended to run the programme again in 2021.
The list of projects supported to date under both rounds of the Community Enhancement Programme is available on www.gov.ie