€850,000 announced for local groups and community centres

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Minister Heather Humphreys has announced funding of over €850,000 for 30 groups and community centres across Co. Galway.

The new Community Centre Investment Fund (CCIF) will support groups in every county to carry out refurbishments and improvements of their local community facility.

Grants of up to €25,000 will be provided to almost 600 groups in both rural and urban communities across the country.

The funding will see improvements to community centres, GAA clubs, parish halls, youth centres, men’s sheds and facilities used by the elderly. 

Among the capital works that will be carried out include upgrades to heating systems and the installation of new windows or doors.

Making the announcement, Minister Humphreys said that the local community centre is at the heart of our towns, villages and parishes all across this country.

“They come in many different shapes and sizes and are a place for people of all ages to meet up and socialise with friends, old and new,” she said.

“I want to support these great local facilities and that’s why I launched the new Community Centre Investment Fund earlier this year. 

“The level of interest has been unprecedented under any scheme previously ran by the Department of Rural and Community Development.”