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Community Support Fund

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, and Minister of State, Joe O’Brien TD, have announced a new €10 million fund to support thousands of local community & voluntary groups with their energy bills.


The Community Support Fund will provide small grants to a wide and diverse range of local community groups to assist with their running costs.


Funding will be available to support Parish Halls, Community Centres, Local Development Associations, Social Clubs, ICA Groups, Senior Citizen Groups, Men’s Sheds, Women’s Sheds and much more.


The new scheme has been devised to support groups with their energy costs who may not have been deemed eligible under previous Government schemes.  


These include groups that operate from parish halls and who need support with running costs such as energy or insurance bills.


However, Applicant groups must be able to 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)


Groups can also use the funding to carry out small upgrade works and to purchase equipment to support their activities such as laptops and printers, lawnmowers, training equipment, etc.


Donegal has been allocated €374,061 under this scheme.




Further details including Application Form, Guidelines will be uploaded here as soon as they become available