Friday 24 November 2017

Deadlines approaching for community fund schemes

A number of elected members and T.D.s visited the Cork Summer Show 2017, sponsored by Cork County Council. Pictured here at the Heritage Stall was Minister David Stanton T.D
A number of elected members and T.D.s visited the Cork Summer Show 2017, sponsored by Cork County Council. Pictured here at the Heritage Stall was Minister David Stanton T.D

Conor Nelligan, County Heritage Officer

The County of Cork has a remarkable network of community groups, involved in preserving and promoting heritage at the local level.

Many such groups plan a number of different events and projects on a yearly basis and at certain times in the year these groups have the opportunity to apply for a suite of different funding avenues.

Two such funding schemes close on Friday June 23 - these being the Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund and the Creative Communities Grant Scheme.

The Local Agenda 21 Scheme supports applications that will increase awareness of environmental matters at the local level, including heritage projects such as community gardens, biodiversity projects, educational initiatives and environmental exhibitions.

For more information on the scheme email or visit


Friday, June 23 is also the closing date for Cork County Council's Municipal Districts Creative Communities Scheme, which supports projects that create new opportunities for communities to develop arts and cultural activity in local areas in County Cork.

Under the Scheme funding of up to €15,000 will be awarded for any one project per Municipal District.

More information is available online at or by emailing


Another recent Grant Scheme announced by Cork County Council is the Community Facilities Scheme, which seeks to support community groups in a manner of means,.

Some examples include community centre equipment, office equipment, meeting furniture, sports/recreation facilities and relevant tools, machinery and appliances.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday June 30 and for further information visit or email


With the end of June now approaching it will not be long at all until Heritage Week 2017 gets underway; the dates for same being August 19 to 27.

Already in the County of Cork, over 130 events have been registered, available to view on

Events are still being added to and all events in County Cork registered online at prior to June 30, will feature in Cork County Council's Guide to Heritage Week 2017.

Of course between now and then there will be a myriad of different heritage events taking place and the week ahead has much in store.


On Thursday, June 22 at 7pm in the Cobh Heritage Centre there will be a launch of a new Cobh-based heritage walking tour entitled 'Cobh Rebel Tours'.

Cobh has a strong history with regard to the Irish Volunteers and the walking tour should prove most popular during the summer months.

Speaking of walks, there is one of great note taking place on Saturday June 24. The annual Famine Tracton Walk, now in its fifth year, will commence at 10am in the Traction Arts and Community Centre.

The walk is a reflective one, 'in memory of 124 desperate people who abandoned their Tracton homes and trekked 8 miles to the dreaded workhouse in Kinsale'.

Each participant is asked for a donation of €10, and proceeds go to the Kinsale Community Hospital and to Tracton Community Council projects.

For further information, contact 086 0711910 or 086 1053894.


On Tuesday June 27, a visit to the County Hall will prove most beneficial for local community groups looking to promote and build connections overseas, particularly with their diaspora.

On the day, the Cork Foundation, in association with Cork County Council and Ireland Reaching Out, is holding a diaspora training day.

'The key aim of the training is to highlight opportunities for parishes and communities with respect to Community Activism (Engage community groups and enterprises in the social and economic development of the county); Enterprise (Give Cork a real opportunity for Economic Development through Diaspora investing in the communities); Tourism (Utilise the diaspora strategy to further enhance tourism in local communities) and Networking (Establish overseas networking opportunities and strengthening relationships between Community groups across the county)'.

For more information and to register your interest, email Pádraic at


A few days later, Waterstones in Cork City will be the place to be.

A much anticipated publication - Cork's Revolutionary Dead - by Barry Keane and published by Mercier Press, will be launched on Thursday, June 29 in Waterstones Bookshop at 6.30 pm.

The book covers the more than 700 deaths during the entire revolutionary period between 1916-1923 in the County of Cork.

The book in itself will be an important resource for the history of the period in Cork and all are welcome to attend the launch.

A collection of photos of 144 people referred to in the publication will also be launched on the night.


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