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Funding For Your Group

This section provides information on possible sources for funding for your community based group:

 

Local Enhancement Programme 2024

The Local Enhancement Programme 2024, with a national fund of €6m, will provide capital supports essential for the many small community groups and organisations, particularly those who serve disadvantaged areas in rural and urban areas. The Local Enhancement Programme 2024 is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development. 

 

The Local Enhancement Programme 2024 will support not-for-profit community or voluntary groups, particularly in disadvantaged areas, based in Donegal to:

  • focus on small capital works/repairs/improvements, and the purchase of equipment for community use such as improved access for persons with a disability; enhancing community participation for disadvantaged and marginalised groups and improving energy efficiency of community facilities to reduce ongoing costs

 

Development Fund Initiative

Funding for community projects supporting local economic, social, cultural, heritage or related activity.

 

Members Development Fund

A small, but flexible source of funding to assist groups in the development of locally based community projects and group activities.

  

Funding for Heritage Projects

Details of possible sources of funding for heritage initiatives.

 

LEADER/Rural Development Programme

Funding to support sustainable development of rural communities

  

CLAR Funding 2023

The Department of Rural and Community Development has recently announced a new round of funding under the 2023 CLAR Scheme which provides funding for small scale infrastructural projects for the benefit of communities in CLAR areas.

 

Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2023

The Department of Rural and Community Development has recently announced the Town & Village Renewal Scheme 2023 which provides funding for rural towns and villages with a particular emphasis on bringing vacant and derelict buildings and sites back into use breathing new life into our town centres

 

Streetscape Enhancement Scheme

The Department of Rural and Community Development has announced a round of funding under the 2022 Streetscape Enhancement Scheme to support Lifford for the enhancement of streetscapes and shopfronts.  

Call for applications is now open.

 

Minor Tourism Related Works Grant Scheme 2023

Donegal County Council is inviting community groups to apply for funding under the Minor Tourism Related Works Grant Scheme 2023. This scheme will fund works that will enhance tourism product offering in various locations in the county including for example signage, improved access to popular visitor sites and attractions such as waterfalls, heritage sites, historic graveyards*, scenic spots, picnic areas, beaches etc.

The application process is now closed.

 

Donegal Regional Festivals and Participative Events Funding 2023

Donegal County Council is inviting applications for funding under the Regional Festivals & Participative Events Programme. This Programme aims to support festivals and participative events that will drive domestic tourism and help to improve the visitor experience.

The application process is now closed.

 

Community Support Fund


The Department of Rural and Community Development has recently announed the Community Support Fund which will provide small grants to a wide and diverse range of local community groups to assist with their running cost and to carry out small upgrade works and purchase equipment to support their activities.  Two levels of grant funding are available.  Small Grants of €500-€1,000 and Large Grants of €5,000 - €10,000.  An element of the funding for small grants  is ringfenced for award to Women's Sheds

Call for applications is now closed.

 

Community Recognition Fund


The Department of Rural and Community Development has announced the Community Support Fund which aims to support the development of community infrastructure and facilities in recognition of the contribution being made by communities in welcoming and hosting significant numbes of arrivals from Ukraine and other countries. The funding is specifically targeted at projects that are located in communities, towns and villages that are hosting the Beneficiaries of Temporary Protection and/or International Protection Applicants.  This funding scheme will provide large Captial Grants of €25,000 to €250,000 with a requirement that projects are compled by 18th October 2024.

 

Call for applications is now closed.

 

ORIS Funding Scheme 2023 - Measure 1

The Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS) provides funding for the development of new outdoor recreational infrastructure, and support for the necessary repair, maintenance, enhancement or promotion of existing outdoor recreational infrastructure in rural areas across Ireland.  Invitation to submit Expressions of Interest for Measure 1 open until 12 noon on Wednesday, 26th July 2023