Over €320,000 in community funding for Fingal projects

by Rose Barrett
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Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities, Joe O’Brien announced a total of €320,000+ would be available to community and voluntary groups across Fingal, writes Rose Barrett.

Under the Community Support Fund (CSF) 2022 , the Minister made the announcement last week at the Donabate Community Centre along with Mayor of Fingal Cllr Howard Mahony. The scheme was designed to support groups with their energy costs which may not have been deemed eligible under previous Government schemes. Groups can also use the funding to carry out small upgrade works and to purchase equipment to support their activities. 

The CSF will provide small grants to a wide and diverse range of local community groups in disadvantaged areas, with funding available to assist with:

  • Current Expenses i.e. operating and running costs such as utility bills, rental/lease costs and insurance bills.
  • Capital Expenditure such as the cost of repairs and improvements to facilities, purchase of I.T. equipment, furniture, tools, signage, training equipment etc.
  • Separate funding will be ring-fenced to provide support for Women’s Sheds. 

The CSF is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and administered by Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) in each Local Authority area. It is part of the wider Community Enhancement Programme, which has funded over 8,000 projects in urban and rural communities throughout Ireland since first being launched in 2018.

John Quinlivan, Director of the Economic Enterprise, Tourism & Cultural Development Department said: “It’s great to see the Community Support Fund assist some very worthy organisations and projects in Fingal. I would like to congratulate each of the successful groups, and look forward to following their activities over the coming year. With energy costs rising, I’m sure this funding will help these groups to continue providing valuable services for their communities.”

Announcing the successful projects in Fingal, Minister Joe O’Brien said “The Community Support Fund provides a range of invaluable small grants to help the smaller community groups and facilities that support communities at a grassroots level. 

“I know that this funding is an important tool in helping these important groups and we were especially conscious that with the impact of current energy costs many groups would need additional supports to help them to continue to provide their valuable services to the people in their areas. I want to congratulate the successful projects and to thank them for the vital work they do in providing services in their local communities.”

Mayor of Fingal Cllr Howard Mahony with Kelly Myrtaj, Women’s Shed Clonee, Hazel McLoughlin, Chairperson, Women’s Shed Clonee and Cillr Tania Doyle

Photo: Peter Houlihan/Coalesce

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