Community Enhancement funding approved for 39 Galway City projects

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Funding has been provided for several dozen projects around Galway City meant to enhance community facilities around Galway City.

Galway City LCDC has approved the allocation of over €130,000 to charities, community centres, sports hubs, arts groups and more under the Community Enhancement Programme (CEP).

In total 39 projects have been approved funding for a variety of projects that will enhance facilities in disadvantaged areas, targeted appropriately towards the areas that need it most.

The majority of the grants in this programme are for €1,000 or less, targeting smaller community projects that need help getting started.

Several of the allocations were also to assist groups in providing equipment or adaptations to account for COVID-19.

The CEP is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development, which allocated €4.5 million for the scheme this year back in May.

Some of the larger grants in Galway City include €10,000 each to, the Brothers of Charity for a tracking hoist and pool lift for people with difficulties, a community hub in the city for Age Action West, reopening the Croí na Gaillimhe centre, and COVID renovations to the Order of Malta community centre for older people.

The full list of projects funded in Galway City is:

  • Ard Gardening Group
    Funding to repair container unit used for storing equipment
  • Castlegar Athletic Club
    Purchase machinery and equipment to enhance training area
  • Eastside Community Drama
    Funding towards reopening costs for community group
  • Galway City Partnership/Ballybane Afterschool Programme – ACE Club
    Purchase of music equipment for the community based afterschool’s programme
  • Irish Wheelchair Association
    Purchase of IT equipment to support online supports / classes
  • Merlin Woods Tennis Club
    Purchase of sports and safety equipment
  • Mervue Active Retirement Bowls Club
    Purchase of bowling equipment
  • Age Action West
    Development of Community Hub in Galway City to serve as an inclusive community space for community activities and programmes
  • Atmos Collective
    Purchase of music recording equipment to enable students to participate and to facilitate community performances
  • Ballinfoile Mór Community Garden
    Purchase and installation of doors for outdoor community garden area
  • Ballybane & Doughiska Sports Hub
    Purchase shelving for container unit to store equipment safely and securely
  • Ballybane Community Resource Centre
    Installation of energy saving sensors and upgrade camera system
  • Ballybane Taskforce
    Purchase of equipment to develop a ‘community café’ space in the Ballybane Community Resource Centre
  • Blue Teapot Theatre Company
    Renovation works to day service space and energy efficiency upgrade
  • Cancer Care West
    Purchase and installation of new outdoor structure at residential facility for patients and families
  • COPE Galway Older People’s Service
    Purchase gardening equipment / material to enhance outdoor space
  • Croi na Gaillimhe
    Funding towards reopening costs for Centre
  • Croi na Tuath
    Purchase of outdoor sports equipment
  • Domestic Violence Response
    Purchase of IT equipment to facilitate online meetings and supports for service users
  • Foróige Galway STEAM Project
    Purchase of IT equipment for use in a pilot programme in Eastside Youth Service
  • Galway African Diaspora-Ireland
    Purchase of music equipment to showcase cultural diversity and inclusion
  • Galway Autism Partnership
    Enhancement of outdoor space and creation of sensory garden for members of all ages
  • Galway Centre for Independent Living
    Installation of weather proof canopy to further develop the facility
  • Galway Community Circus
    Replacement works to community centre to enhance and improve facility
  • Galway Hooker Sailing Club
    Purchase of machinery and equipment to support education and training for local community
  • Galway Simon Community
    Purchase of garden equipment and materials to enhance the outdoor space at the Youth Service
  • OLBC Youth Club
    Purchase of sports equipment for use by youth club and other local community groups
  • Order of Malta Centre for Older People
    Renovation of community building as a result of COVID-19 to ensure continuity of service
  • Renmore Active Retirement Group
    Funding towards reopening costs for local community group
  • Roscam and Doughiska Men’s Shed
    Purchase of workshop tools and IT equipment
  • Sexual Health West (Formerly AIDS West)
    Purchase of office equipment needed as result of COVID-19
  • Shantalla Community Allotments
    Purchase of outdoor accessible furniture to enhance community area
  • St James Ladies Football Club
    Upgrade works to dressing rooms
  • Teach Athais Childcare Centre
    Purchase of sensory equipment for children with additional needs
  • Umbrella Eile
    Funding towards reopening costs & purchase of IT equipment
  • Westside Age Inclusion Ltd
    Purchase of IT equipment
  • Westside Community Organic Garden
    Enhancement works to polytunnel to keep it safe and secure
  • Westside Resource Centre
    Purchase new shutter door to enhance safety at the centre and upgrade of internal doors
  • Brothers of Charity Service Ireland West Region
    Installation of tracking hoist and pool lift to enable access for those most in need