Grants available for community improvements

Grants available for community improvements


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

Clare County Council has announced three grant schemes aimed at providing financial assistance to community groups wishing to undertake improvement and maintenance works in their areas.

Applications are being invited for the Amenity Works, Illegal Dump Clean-up and Village Paint Schemes, the closing date for which is Friday, 31 March 2017.

“The purpose of the Scheme is to incentivise local groups to make a positive difference to their local community and the environment,” Pat Dowling, Chief Executive, Clare County Council, explained

He added, “Clare County Council will contribute financially to local voluntary groups who carry out maintenance or improvement works and who incur expenses associated with this work.  Each grant has specific guidelines to qualify.”

Amenity Works Grants up to a maximum of €300 will be allocated to qualifying groups for the purpose of purchasing trees, shrubs, brushes, shovels, street furniture and other incidental items which are required to carry out the maintenance and improvement works. Grants up to a maximum of €300 also are being made available to groups wishing to undertake a cleanup of illegal dumps.

Village Paint Scheme grants are also being made available to local groups. The grant is for materials only and will be in the order of 50% of the group’s expenditure to a maximum of €1,000.

Applications forms can be downloaded from and further information is available by contacting Nicola Killeen at 065-6846428 /

The completed application form and accompanying documentation should be returned to Clare County Council, Rural Development Directorate, Áras Contae an Chláir, New Road, Ennis, Co. Clare by Friday, 31st March, 2017.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.