City Council invites applications for Community Enhancement Programme

Galway Daily news City Council invites applications for Community Enhancement Programme

Galway City Council is inviting community groups to apply for funding to improve facilities in disadvantaged areas under the Community Enhancement Programme.

For 2020, Galway City has been allocated €55,368 in funding under the CEP, while another €63,249 is for Galway County.

This is a decline on last year when projects in the city were awarded a total of €127,652 and the Galway County received €143,401 in grants.

Next week Galway City Council and the Galway City Community Network will host a webinar on the 2020 Community Enhancement Programme on Tuesday, July 21 from 7pm – 8:30pm.

The council is accepting funding applications from interested groups and individuals until August 7.

Applications should relate to one or more key priority areas identified in the Galway City Local Economic & Community Plan 2015 – 2021 which can be viewed online here.

The Community Enhancement Programme was set up in 2018, and is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development.

It provides capital funding to community groups across Ireland which to enhance facilities in disadvantaged areas.

The programme can fund or partially fund larger scale projects to address disadvantage, while some funding is ring-fenced to provide small capital grants of €1,000 or less.

This is aimed at assisting grassroots community projects to get off the ground.

Some of the projects which the council says would be eligible for funding include:

  • Development/renovation of community centres
  • Once off maintenance of premises. This does not include regular routine maintenance
  • Community amenities
  • Development of youth clubs or facilities
  • Development of sports/recreation facilities
  • Improvements to town parks and common areas and spaces
  • Public realm improvements
  • Streetscaping
  • Development of play/recreation spaces
  • Energy efficiency type projects
  • Purchase of equipment
  • Adaptations or equipment needed as a result of COVID-19

Funding for the Community Enhancement Programme is administered by the Local Community Development Committee.