LOCAL development groups have been awarded six-figure sums as part of a €47.7 million allocation for the Local and Community Development Programme (LCDP) for 2014.
The Local and Community Development Programme aims to tackle poverty and social exclusion in disadvantaged communities and is a key tool of Government in providing supports for the 'harder to reach' in the most disadvantaged areas in society.
The scheme assists people in training and re-skilling in order to re-enter the workforce and overall the programme aims to enable 44,000 people to engage through one-to-one interventions in 2014 to assist them in returning to employment. The government claims that the scheme will also sustain 650 jobs in Local Development Companies, providing services to communities.
There are 36 local development companies operating in the rural areas of Ireland, four of which cover parts of The Corkman area.
Avondhu/Blackwater Partnership Limited were awarded €419,374, IRD Duhallow Limited were granted €387,147, there was a €453,322 allocation for West Cork Development Partnership Limited while Ballyhoura Development Limited received €444,994.