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21/01/21 Applications invited under the Covid 19 Emergency Fund


Minister Heather Humphreys, Department of Rural and Community Development, recently announced additional funding of €1.7m nationally under the COVID 19 Emergency Fund. Donegal LCDC have been allocated €68,130 for award to Community and Voluntary groups. 


Donegal County Council are inviting applications for the Programme which provides funding to support community and voluntary groups to adapt, develop and deal with COVID 19.  The Programme will provide small-scale grants (€1,000 or less) and large scale grants for community groups.  It is intended that a minimum of 30% of the grants awarded will be small grants.


Community and Voluntary Groups can submit applications for funding for the following purposes:-


 (1)      To assist groups to adapt their services and operations to fit the new COVID-19 reality. Examples of measures supported could be adapting premises to allow for social distancing; offering on-line activities; providing social supports and friendly calls by phone etc.


(2)       To help animate community groups to enable them to become more involved in the Government's 'Keep Well' campaign. It will seek to assist their participation in the campaign, in particular with the three themes: staying connected, switching off and being creative, and minding your mood. 


Cllr Niamh Kennedy, Chairperson of Donegal LCDC and member of the Covid 19 Community Response Forum, welcomed the additional funding and encouraged all groups to apply stating  "This programme will support community groups to continue to adapt their services and activities to ensure that they are accessible to their local community and continue to provide invaluable support and services to others throughout the county during this crisis”.


Closing date

Completed applications must be lodged not later than 3 p.m. Friday, 19th February 2021.

Further details and application form are available here

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