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20/05/19 Funding applications invited under Community Enhancement Programme

Donegal County Council and the Donegal 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, announced the launch of the 2019 Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) with initial funding of €4.5 million nationally.


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 145 projects across County Donegal.   The fund for Donegal in 2019 will be €159,461 and will be managed by the Donegal Local Community Development Committee (LCDC).  Two grants are available – small scale capital grant of between €500-€1,000 and large capital grant of between €7,000 - €21,892.


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".


Clr Martin McDermott, Chairperson of Donegal LCDC, encouraged all Community Groups to apply and stated that  "This programme allows community groups to carry out the invaluable work they do on behalf of others in local areas throughout the county. The impact of the Community Enhancement Programme is considerable.  Typical enhancements under the programme last year included the purchase of equipment or materials, improvements to public areas in towns and villages, CCTV equipment, Defibrillators and energy efficiency type projects."


Closing date for receipt of applications is 5 pm on Thursday 30 May 2019.


Find For further details and application forms here.

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