Almost €150,000 in grants targeting disadvantaged areas awarded to city community groups

Galway Daily news Dozens of Galway City community groups awarded €272,708 in grant funding

Almost €150,000 in grant funding has been awarded to 29 community organisations in Galway city to help improve the facilities available in disadvantaged areas.

The Galway City Local Community Development Committee approved grants totalling €132,455 to a wide range of local groups and organisations at their recent meeting on July 10.

Funding for 29 large and small capital projects offering a wide range of services and support in the local community was approved under the Community Enhancement Programme for 2019.

All of the projects receiving funding relate to one or more of the key priority areas as identified in the Galway City Local Economic & Community Plan 2015 – 2021 and the delivery of these projects in 2019 will support the delivery of many of the collaborative actions which will be of great benefit to local communities in Galway City.

The individual awards handed out in this round of the Community Enhancement Programme ranged from €23,516 for the  Galway Contact, Organisation for Older People to purchase a specialised bus to transport elderly people, down to €550 to buy a new PA system for Westside Arts Festival.

Galway City LCDC said that it expects the projects approved in June to be successfully delivered within 2019.

The full list of organisations and their corresponding projects that were awarded grants is as follows:

Project Ref No. Name of Group / Organisation Description Grant Approved
CEP 5 Westside Craft Group Purchase of equipment to facilitate the upskilling of the craft group €600
CEP 6 Horses Connect Purchase of IT and office equipment €879
CEP 10 Our Lady’s Boys Club (OLBC) Energy efficient works to replace old inefficient heaters with energy efficient ones €2,500
CEP 12 Brothers Of Charity Services Galway (Woodlands Centre) Purchase of sports equipment for the provision of an outdoor gym at the John Paul Centre, Ballybane €8,938
CEP 13 Blue Teapot Theatre Company Purchase of safety equipment for the wheelchair accessible bathroom – new grab rails and anti-slip flooring €2,500
CEP 14 AIDS West Purchase of IT and office equipment and energy efficiency works to the building €5,956
CEP 16 Renmore Active Retirement Group Purchase of sports equipment –  bowling scoreboards €600
CEP 18 Ballybane Rainbow Community Childcare Centre Purchase of educational equipment to support children’s gross motor skills €1,434
CEP 19 Galway Visually Impaired Activities Club (GVIAC) Purchase of tandem bicycles and safety equipment to facilitate tandem cycles for blind and visually impaired members €4,308
CEP 21 Croí na Gaillimhe Energy efficient upgrade works to replace old inefficient radiators with new highly efficient ones to maximise energy saving €11,333
CEP 22 Pernet Ltd. Purchase of IT and office equipment €3,265
CEP 28 Ballybane Taskforce Purchase of outdoor seating to enhance open community spaces €7,000
CEP31 Eastside Community Drama Purchase of IT equipment and software for use by the community drama group €3,180
CEP 32 Galway Branch of Arthritis Ireland Purchase of IT equipment needed to support the service for Galway City €570
CEP 34 BRIDGE (Building a Receptive & Integrated Galway of Equals) c/o Westside Resource Centre Purchase of IT equipment for use by refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in the community €5,684
CEP 35 Westside Community Organic Garden Install a new accessible footpath to access the polytunnel €3,938
CEP 37 Russian Culture Club Alliance Purchase of IT equipment and learning equipment for weekly children’s educational club €1,000
CEP 43 Foróige Galway (STEAM Project) Purchase of IT equipment and educational learning items €5,131
CEP 44 Galway Contact, Organisation for Older People Purchase accessible bus to transport elderly people and carers to weekly and fortnightly clubs and outings/events €23,516
CEP 45 Active in Ballybane Purchase of sports/recreational equipment for community use €2,929
CEP 52 St James GAA Club Renovation works to Renmore Clubhouse to include conversion of toilets, showers and changing rooms to improve accessibility €19,000
CEP 57 Galway African Diaspora
C/o Galway City Partnership
Purchase of equipment and purchase of speaker system €1,500
CEP 59 Ballinfoile Mór Community Organic Garden New roof for the community garden shed, replacement of fencing and purchase of signage €1,800
CEP 63 Let’s Get Galway Growing
C/o Galway City Partnership
Purchase of equipment and tools to establish and develop a Beekeeping resource €1,300
CEP 66 Westside Arts Festival Purchase of PA system and signage for the Westside Arts Festival €550
CEP 71 Teach Áthais Childcare Centre Purchase of IT equipment and crèche / preschool equipment €1,150
CEP 74 Galway Special Olympics Kayak Club Purchase of sporting and safety equipment for training and events €4,995
CEP 75 Irish Wheelchair Association Purchase of IT equipment for use in the  resource and outreach centre €969
CEP 76 Westside Age Inclusion Ltd Purchase of new laundry machines for services provided to the community €5,930