Applications open for community activities fund

by Rachel Cunningham
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The community activities fund is currently open to local community, voluntary groups and not-for-profit organisations in disadvantaged urban and rural areas of South Dublin County Council, writes Rachel Cunningham.

This once-off €9m fund provided by the government will be allocated to disadvantaged areas and communities that have been impacted by Covid-19. This fund is available through the Department’s Community Enhancement Programme and is being administered locally by the Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs). 

South Dublin County is due to receive €338,797 which comprises €207,043 current funding for use towards operation costs and €131,754 capital funding for use towards carrying out necessary repairs and improvements to facilities, energy efficiency type projects, purchase of equipment, etc.

The fund will support groups, particularly in disadvantaged areas, with their non-pay running costs, for example, utility bills (electricity costs, refuse charges, heating charges) or other non-pay operating costs, for example rental/lease costs and insurance bills.

Groups will also be able to use the funding to carry out necessary repairs and improvements to their facilities and purchase equipment like tables and chairs, tools and signage, laptops and printers, lawnmowers, canopies and training equipment.

The deadline for the submission of online applications is Midnight on Friday, February 25. Further information and an online application form are available on

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