COMMUNITY projects across Kerry could lose out on vital LEADER funding because cuts to the council's budget means the local authority may not be able to match the allocated funding required for some projects.
Councillor JJ Culloty says its is criminal that cuts to KCC's local government funding because of non compliance with the household charge mean that the local authority will not be in a position to match LEADER funding, putting several community projects in jeopardy.
At Monday's meeting of KCC, Cllr Culloty said that projects that receive grant allocations of € 75,000, for example, will require € 20,000 from the local authority - and where this money isn't available the entire project risks being scrapped.
"Because the Minister has made a hames out of implementing the household charge means that for every € 20,000 we can't raise, we're losing € 75,000. "That is criminal," he said. "We need to write to the minister and highlight the fact that we have been unfairly treated. The department needs to make up the shortfall."