Community Enhancement Programme funding applications invited

Community Enhancement Programme funding applications invited


Clare County Council and the Clare Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) are inviting applications for a programme which provides funding to communities in Ireland.

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Mr. Michael Ring TD, has this week announced the launch of the 2019 Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) with initial funding of €4.5 million.

The Community Enhancement Programme is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and will provide grant funding in 2019 towards enhancing the facilities available to communities. The programme, now in its second year, has a focus on supporting groups in disadvantaged areas.

The CEP was launched for the first time in 2018 and funded 26 projects across County Clare.  Funding under this year’s programme will be aimed at addressing disadvantage as identified in the Clare Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP). The fund for Clare in 2019 will be €139,257 and will be managed by the Clare Local Community Development Committee (LCDC).

Funds can be used for enhancing facilities available to communities – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Minister Ring said: “This new Programme provides vital support to community groups in order to help them improve their facilities. It supports small-scale funding for projects which range from purchasing lawnmowers and IT equipment to minor renovations to buildings. Ultimately the Programme responds to local needs and also provides funding towards larger projects”.

The Minister added, “These investments allow community groups to carry out the invaluable work they do on behalf of others in local areas throughout the country. The impact of the Community Enhancement Programme is considerable. Typical enhancements under the programme could include the purchase of equipment or materials, improvements to town parks and common areas and spaces, CCTV equipment and energy efficiency type projects.”

Further details are available from the Rural Development Department at Clare County Council or online at here.

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.