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Community Enhancement Programme


Community Enhancement Programme 2020


Community groups in disadvantaged areas can apply for funding under the Communities Enhancement Programme:


The Department of Rural and Community Affairs have launched the Community Enhancement Programme for 2020 , with a national allocation of €2 million. 


Donegal Local Community Development Committee have been granted a fund of €74,812.00.


  • The Programme provides small-scale grants and large scale grants for community groups all across Ireland. It operates alongside other schemes and programmes already in place in communities, but groups can only use this funding for capital projects, or part of a capital project. The scheme is aimed at enhancing community facilities for individuals and communities that are impacted by disadvantage as identified in the LECP. 


  • Priority will be given to groups seeking funding to meet Capital Costs relating to COVID 19.



Examples of projects, or parts of projects, which are eligible for this capital funding include:

  • Development/renovation of community centres
  • Once off maintenance of premises. This does not include regular routine maintenance
  • Community amenities
  • Youth clubs or facilities
  • Sports/recreation facilities
  • Improvements to town parks and common areas and spaces
  • CCTV equipment
  • Public realm improvements
  • Streetscaping
  • Play/recreation spaces
  • Energy efficiency type projects


The Donegal Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) will administer the Programme on behalf of the Department.




Community Enhancement Programme funding is only for capital projects, or capital parts of projects. In cases where both current and capital works are carried out together, only the capital part can get funding from this Scheme


Groups must apply for funding to the Local Authority in which they are based, and applicants in Donegal can use the application form provided at the link below


Match-funding from other sources is not required in order to be approved for a grant

See  Community Enhancement Programme 2020 - Guidelines for further details.


Applicant groups must provide the following when submitting their application for funding:


  • Tax Registration (Charitable Status No, Tax Reference No or Tax Clearance Access No)
  • Bank or Credit Union Account Details (copy of recent Statement)



The Programme will offer two levels of grant aid:-

  • Small Grants from €500 up to a maximum of €1,000 per project
  • LargeGrants up to €5,000 per project


How to apply


Your group must submit a completed Community Enhancement Programme 2020 - Guidelines to Donegal Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) before closing date at 3pm on 14th August 2020.




 Community Enhancement Programme 2020 - Application Form

Community Enhancement Programme 2020 - Guidelines

LECP Goals and Strategic Themes

Foirm Iarratais don Chlár Feabhsú Pobail 2020

Treoracha maidir le Clár Feabhsú Pobail 2020




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