Disadvantaged communities in Cork benefit from Community Enhancement Programme

Over €600,000 was provided to disadvantaged communities in rural and urban areas in Cork County through the Community Enhancement Programme, a Fine Gael Senator has said.

Senator Lombard said: “This Community Enhancement Programme provided funding to enhance facilities in disadvantaged areas. It was great to see the wide variety of local projects supported. This programme helps support important work by communities across Cork County by allocating funding worth €618,516 to local projects.

“Varied examples of work funded locally in Cork South West includes: €500 for Bandon Girls Basketball Club for training and match gear; €17,035 for Bere Island Projects Group to upgrade the community centre kitchen; €1,669 for lighting upgrades in Innishannon Parish Hall; €1,000 for Ardgroom Tidy Village to purchase equipment for public area maintenance; €60,000 for Tidy Towns c/o Bantry Project Group for the installation of a multi-use games area.

“Fine Gael is committed to ensuring that rural Ireland is given the support it needs, so that it can achieve its full potential across a wide-range of areas.”

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring said: “Having allocated over €12.5 million under the Community Enhancement Programme in 2018, I am delighted to be able to announce the more than 3,000 projects which are set to benefit from it.

“A relatively small amount of money can go a long way and this investment will greatly benefit local community projects throughout the country.

“The funding has been allocated in a way that takes deprivation levels into account and I am confident that those communities who need it most, whether in cities, towns or rural areas, will benefit.”

The application process for the CEP is administered by Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) in each Local Authority area. There was an open application process when the CEP was originally launched in May.

 

24 January 2019

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