€1 million windfall for local projects
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.
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.