Fingal Chamber Community Fund opens for applications

by Gazette Reporter

Fingal Chamber has issued an invite to groups to apply for funding under their new ‘Fingal Chamber Community Fund’ for community-led projects and activities.

This new fund, totalling over €25,000, is financed by supporters and contributions from the Chamber.

It aims to support the community projects and activities which benefit the citizens of Fingal, and is operated by Fingal Chamber’s Community Committee, who are encouraging citizens to promote this new opportunity within their local areas.

The funding is targeted at supporting communities on developing initiatives in a variety of categories such as environmental and sustainability, health and wellbeing, and social inclusion and community development.

Those who can apply include, but are not limited to:

  • · Voluntary Community Groups or Established Clubs
  • · Local Charities
  • · Companies Limited by Guarantee
  • · Residents’ Associations from Local Communities
  • · Schools/Colleges

The programme can fully fund projects and will typically award grants between €1,000 and €5,000.

The following provides a non-exhaustive list of example projects that could receive funding under the programme:

  • · The organisation of local ‘clean up days’
  • · Sustainability initiatives
  • · Mental health initiatives
  • · Promotion of ‘get active’ initiatives
  • · Initiatives that connect young and old
  • · Digital inclusion
  • · Purchase of educational equipment
  • · Development of amenities

Incoming Fingal Chamber President, Andrea Molloy said: “Fingal Chamber is committed to promoting local economic development and enhancing the economic prosperity and quality of life across the region, and the Chamber’s Community Committee seeks to create a Fingal which is sustainably developed for the benefit of the people who currently live and work here, and for future generations who will inherit the region.

“This new Community Fund will provide an ongoing structured programme to award grants to approved projects in the Fingal region, and I would like to encourage more businesses to consider getting involved with this initiative and becoming Fund supporters so the positive impact escalates.

“Funding from the Fingal Chamber Community Fund will be allocated yearly, and applications will be assessed by the Community Committee. Consideration will be given to social, cultural, environmental, governance and economic factors when evaluating projects.”

Fingal Chamber Chief Executive, Anthony Cooney said “This year, I am pleased to say that Fingal Chamber also contributed a little over €6,000 to the Community Fund.

“The Community Fund is also supporter-funded, and I would like to thank the patrons who contributed over the past number of years including Dublin Airport, Paypal, Fingal County Council and the Blanchardstown Centre.

“This fund operates under the Fingal Chamber Community Committee, which is composed of representatives of the Chamber Council, Patron Supporters, people working with community organisations, and member representatives are chosen for their independence, experience and understanding of corporate social responsibility dimensions.

“I would like to thank all of them for their continued support and commitment in creating this programme. We encourage the citizens of Fingal to share the information about this great new opportunity within their networks and with people and groups who they feel may be interested in applying.”

The closing date for entries to the Fingal Chamber Community Fund is Monday, the 1st of February 2021. The online application form, along with an application guide and the terms and conditions are available at www.fingalchamber.ie/community.

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