Sunday 21 July 2019

€1.8m available for community groups

Deadline is fast approaching for 2019 Community Fund Scheme

Maria Herlihy

There is a pot of €1.8 million under the Community Fund Scheme to support local communities - and the deadline for applications is next month.

The financial assistance to groups will be administered by Cork County Council's eight municipal districts and the scheme is open under three strands: the Capital Fund Scheme, The Community Contract and the Amenity Fund Scheme. 

The Capital Fund Scheme aims to support community groups and local organisations who wish to undertake infrastructural projects costing over €20,000. However, project development should be well advanced before any application is submitted. 

If planning permission is required then it must be obtained before the applicant applies for the fund. 

Priority will be given to projects where the applicants are in a position to commence works. The minimum contribution that CCC can offer is €10,000 and the council's contribution cannot exceed 50% of the total cost of the project. 

The Community Contract is an opportunity for Tidy Towns groups to work with Cork County Council on local works and projects - agreed with the municipal district officer and the local area engineer - that enhance the area in which the group is active. 

Generally, works would be of a recurring type, such as maintenance of open spaces, environmental improvements and litter picking.  

Community contracts often involve proposals that are unique and take into account local community needs and priorities. For this reason, it is strongly recommended that applicants contact their area engineer and municipal district office to discuss proposals prior to submitting an application.  

The minimum value of any contract will not be less than €1,500 and the maximum will not exceed €20,000. Finally, the Amenity Fund Scheme provides support to local community groups and organisations by part-funding projects or to purchase equipment that directly benefits communities and meets particular needs. Projects being applied for under this scheme must cost less than €20,000. 

The council prefers to support groups that have the skills and capacity to implement proposals as well as groups that show local funding, time commitment or other useful contributions. Examples of eligible projects include Tidy Towns projects, festivals, improvement to local amenities like walkways etc, the purchase of equipment or improvement of facilities.  

"Cork people are renowned for their community spirit and achieving great things within their local communities.  I would strongly encourage all community groups to avail of the support and funding available to them from Cork County Council through the Community Fund scheme this year," said Mayor of the County of the Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy.

The chief executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey, went on to say: "The total amount available to the municipal districts to allocate in respect of the Community Fund Scheme for 2019 is €1.8m. We are committed to supporting communities around the county in their efforts to enhance and improve the quality of life within their communities."

The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is 4pm on Friday, February 15, 2019. 

Applications can be made through the site at