€141,343 funding shared by 37 community-led schemes
Over 30 community projects in Wicklow have shared €141,343 in grants under the Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) scheme.
A total of 37 community-led initiatives received small grants ranging in value from from €500 to €15,000. Back in March, it was announced that a pot of €141,343 was available in the county and the full list of projects allocated funding has now been released by the Department of Rural and Community Developments.
The funding was allocated by the Department in consultation with the Local Community Development Committee in the local authority.
Grants of €15,000 were allocated respectively to the Town Teams in Arklow, Wicklow and Greystones for the provision of bus shelters. The funding secured by the Arklow Town Team will be used to provide bus shelters in Arklow and Rathdrum. Community groups in Baltinglass, Blessington, Manor Kilbride and Hollywood also received grants for bus shelters.
The grants are being provided to cover the cost of a range of projects, including tea and coffee making equipment, defibrillators, lawnmowers, trees and community facility upgrades, across the Garden County.
A Wicklow County Council spokesperson said: 'The Community, Cultural and Social Development Directorate of Wicklow County Council works hand-in-hand with the community in Wicklow to advance projects which will enhance all towns and villages throughout the county.
'People are central to communities in Wicklow, whether in an urban or a rural context. Through their leadership, innovation and collaboration, groups and organisations across the county contribute to shaping a more sustainable future within their immediate locality.'
Projects to enhance safety in communities across the county were given allocations under the CEP scheme.
Over €4.5 million was allocated to 2,106 community initiative around the country after an open application process administered by Local Community Development Committes in each local authority.
'Enabling communities to lead local projects is a very effective way to ensure that our villages and towns are fit for the future and create the conditions for people to thrive,' the spokesperson for Wicklow County Council said. 'Through empowering community groups to come together to tackle issues of local priority and to work in partnership with the council, multiple benefits can be delivered.
'Enabling and fostering community leadership at a local level will continue to be supported by Wicklow County Council. We will do this by providing funding ourselves under our annual community grants scheme and by availing of all the national funding schemes.'
The spokesperson said that the council will be running workshops throughout the county in January to engage with communities to develop projects which can then be forwarded for the national schemes.
'These are competitive schemes, so we need to produce quality projects,' the spokesperson said, adding that the workshops will be widely advertised closer to the time.
Projects allocated CEP funding
Arklow: Arklow Town Team - €15,000 for bus shelters under the age friendly initiative; Bearna Chle Parents' Association - €3,500 for safety foam for pillers, running line marking equipment, CCTV and defibrillator.
Ashford: Ashford Development Association Ltd - €1,000 for expenditure relating to the programmes, heritage in schools and beekeeping heritage; Ballinahinch Park Residents - €1,000 for a lawn mower and shed to store it in; Tiglin Challenge Ltd - €1,000 for upgrade of fire alarm system.
Aughrim: Aughrim Community First Responders - €1,000 for a defibrillator; Aughrim Community and Leisure Assocation - €598 for the purchase filing cabinets for sensitive documents; Aughrim Juvenile GAA Club - €842 to purchase juvenile goalposts for the juvenile hurling and football teams.
Avoca: Avoca Community Hall - CLG €5,000 to replace hall floor and insulate small classroom used for playschool; Vale of Avoca Men's Shed - €1,000 for improvements to new shed; Avoca Junior Camogie Club - €1,000 for training gear for the girls and new hurleys.
Ballycoog: Ballycoog District Development association - €750, to maintain the green areas in new section of the county council graveyard and the community hall.
Baltinglass: Baltinglass Town Renewal Group - €10,000 for bus shelters at Mill Street.
Blessington: Blessington and District Forum - €10,000 for bus shelters in Blessington and District; Lakeside Downs Residents' Association - €1,000 for the removal of trees on footpaths, replacing with native species trees in other locations; Dublin Metropolitan Regatta Council - €1,000 to help arrange regatta at Liffey Reservoir.
Bray: Bray Wheelers Cycling Club - €966 to purchase eight two-way radios for safe communications on the roads
Coolkenno: Coolkenno Ladies Gaelic Football Club - €1,000 to promote safety and the safe arrival of visiting teams and supporters.
Dunlavin: Dunlavin Parents Group - €992 for furniture for community facility; Dunlavin and District Forum - €2,000 to purchase property marking equipment; Dunlavin Residents Association - €1,000 for fruit trees, family picnic seating, a set of goals, raised flower beds using sleepers, also to organise an electrical recycling day; 12th Wicklow Dunlavin Scout Group - €2,000, new floor, ceiling, insulation and lighting and landscape field to the rear.
Greystones: YWCA Coolnagreine - €9,145 to install kitchen facilities in youth and community space; Greystones Town Team - €15,000 to purchase bus shelters.
Hollywood: Hollywood Community Forum - €5,000 for two bus shelters.
Kiltegan: The Hub Kiltegan - €5,000 for tea and coffee making equipment.
Knockananna: Knockananna Community Hall - €1,000 for the purchase of cooker, dishwasher, and water burco for the community hall.
Laragh: Dublin/Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team - €7,300, purchase of 40ft container for storage.
Manor Kilbride: Manor Kilbride Community Group - €5,000 for a bus shelter.
Rathdrum: Kirikee Upper Residents Association - €1,000 to replace dangerous fencing between flats and common area in Kirikee Upper Estate.
Shillelagh: Shillelagh United Youths - €1,000 to construct fence and gates between car park and pitch area for safety and to prevent vehicles driving onto the pitch.
Stratford-on-Slaney: Stratford Tidy Towns Committee - €6,250 to purchase a lawnmower.
Tinahely: Ballinacor Community Project - €1,000 for portable defibrillator and heated outdoor cabinet to store it in; St Kevins Conference - €1,000 for a local project on history, to establish a photo archive and invite local historians to engage.
Wicklow: Acquired Brain Injury Ireland Wicklow - €3,500 to purchase tablets that will allow the charity to support brain injury survivors in the county remotely; Co Wicklow District Council of Foroige - €3,500 for equipment to promote inclusion and programme opportunities to appeal to young people in Forogie clubs that are on the Autism spectrum; Wicklow Town Team - €15,000 for bus shelters.
Rathvilly: Rathvilly NS Parents Association - €585 for equipment (burco, table, press, cups, saucers and cutlery); Rathvilly Tidy Towns - €585 for safety equipment, weed killer, signage, a lawnmower, cleaning equipment etc.
Hacketstown: Hacketstown Scout Hall/Tullow Youth Project/Carlow Regional Youth Service - €12,000 for the upgrade of building/sports equipment.