Green light to almost €50k grants
A total of nearly €40,000 in grants was approved by Carlow Town Council this week. The council agreed to provide €22,500 in community grants to various organisations throughout the town, while a total of €16,000 in amenity grants will be distributed among residents associations in Carlow town.
The community development grant scheme was advertised in February and applicants have been notified this week of their success. The scheme is aimed at supporting the many voluntary groups around Carlow and helping them to grow.
The community development grants vary from €300 right up to €3,600 and were granted following careful consideration from a sub-committee of the council. At the larger end of the scale, Carlow Easter Féile received the most funding, while the Aspiro choir received the second most with €2,700. Next were Carlow Youth Orchastera/College of Music and The Presentation School Band with €1,600 and The Delta Centre with €1,500. A total of 23 community groups were granted funding under the scheme and it is hoped that the money will allow them to flourish ever more over the next year.
While encouraging community groups, the Town Council also approved amenity grants to the value of €16,000 to 48 different residents associations across Carlow town. The grants varied from €200 to €500 and will go towards ensuring that each area is kept clean and tidy. Cllr Walter Lacey commented: 'This is the council's way of recognising the great work carried out by residents associations. It is seen as an investment and the return to the council is a hundred fold because of the voluntary work in keeping Carlow estates clean and tidy.'