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City Council approves Covid-19 emergency funding for 15 organisations

Galway City Council has approved grant money totalling almost €30k for 15 community and voluntary organisations under the Covid-19 Emergency Fund.

The €29,180 is being delivered to the 15 projects to cover exceptional, once-off costs related to the response to COVID-19.

It makes up part of the government’s Community Call initiative which has seen greater coordination of state and voluntary resources than ever before in response to this crisis.

A key element of the Community Call has been the Response Forum established by each local authority to serve as a hub for community groups and state agencies.

The Community Call Helpline, which forms part of this is here for anyone you may know who needs:

  • Food, household items, fuel, medications collected or delivered
  • Someone to talk to or other social supports
  • Meals delivery
  • Response to Garda related concerns
  • Help with other medical or health needs

The Galway City Community Call Helpline is Freephone 1800 400 150 with lines open from 8am to 8pm seven days a week.

The dedicated email address is covidsupport@galwaycity.ie.

The Department of Rural and Community Development provided this funding to Galway City Council to administer locally to local community and voluntary groups.

The full list of groups and their projects in Galway City which have been approved for funding is:

Name of Group / Organisation Purpose of Funding Amount Approved
Family Carers Ireland COVID-19 PPE pack for Family Carers €1,500
Galway Centre for Independent Living Purchase of PPE for personal assistants and home help personnel €2,646.22
Ard Family Resource Centre Printing flyers/posters in different languages with COVID-19 advice €359.81
Domestic Violence Response Increase front line service provision to provide practical and emotional support €4,000
Enable Ireland Purchase of ICT equipment for remote service provision €3,513
Blood Bike West Ltd. Funding to cover additional operating costs in line with increased service provision €1,000
Irish Wheelchair Association Purchase of ICT equipment for online / remote access with vulnerable members €1,177.85
Galway Red Cross Purchase of PPE for volunteers €572.78
Galway City Community Network Funding support for the provision of meals for families in need €1,000
Galway City Partnership COVID-19 Carebox for older people and people cocooning €2,250
Galway City Partnership Purchase 6 ACORN age friendly smart tablets €3,180
COPE Galway Increase production and service provision for Meals4Health €5,000
Independent Living Movement Ireland (Galway Activism) Develop and provide online workshops and peer support €1,000
Croí Heart & Stroke Charity Deliver specialist stroke exercise sessions €980
Galway Traveller Movement Funding for wrap around service provision for Traveller families in need €1,000
Briain Kelly
Email: news@galwaydaily.com
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