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Tuesday 23 September 2014

€1 million windfall for local projects

Published 14/03/2013 | 05:26

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NORTH Cork is to receive €300,000 in council funding for community projects in 2013, amidst warnings that fewer projects are drawing down the funding.

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Cork County Council this week revealed that while its annual budget allocated €500,000 for the fund this year, last year's Community Grant Budget was not spent and so €1.05 million is available this year.

"It has become clear, over recent years, that fewer infrastructural projects are being undertaken but there remains a need to assist the activities of local community organisations. It is more appropriate that the assessment of applications for funding from these organisations is carried out at a local level," County Manager Martin Riordan said.

The €1.05m fund is to be split across the council's three divisions, with the Southern Division receiving €500,000 and the Western Division receiving €250,000. The money was divided out in proportion to the number of councillors in each division.

Whereas last year each smaller local electoral area received €100,000 each to allocate to local groups, the administration of the fund now means that councillors from the Fermoy, Mallow and Kanturk areas will compete for the €300,000 given to the Northern Division.

Mr Riordan said that €1m was "nothing to be sneezed at" and that he was confident that funding would be retained for 2014.

Corkman

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