Tuesday 23 October 2018

Council funding scheme opened

Bill Browne

Community groups, sporting groups and local organisations from Cork County Council's Kanturk/Mallow district have been invited to apply for funding under a scheme that provides financial support for locally based projects. 

Under the local authority's Municipal District Community initiative, successful applicants will share in a central fund to help offset the cost of development projects within their respective areas. 

The funding comes from the district's general municipal allocation for 2018 of €235,000, a figure broadly in line with that set aside under the initiative last year, and will be allocated under three separate streams. 

The first of these is the capital funding scheme for infrastructural projects costing more than €20,000, such as improvements to community halls and sporting facilities. 

The amenity fund scheme is available to groups seeking to undertake projects or purchase equipment costing less than €20,000, while the community contracts scheme is open to Tidy Towns groups working in conjunction with the council on local improvement works and projects. 

The Kanturk/Mallow municipal district officer, Liz Donovan said the application process this year has streamlined, with the final deadline for online applications set for 4pm on Friday, February 16. 

"The fact that we have also on online this year will simplify the application process. The initiative will be advertised in newspapers over the coming weeks. Application forms and comprehensive explanatory notes on the application process are available on our website at," said Ms Donovan. 

Hard copy application forms are also available to collect from the council's offices in Mallow (Annabella House), Millstreet, Newmarket, Kanturk and Buttevant. 

Ms Donovan urged applicants to familiarise themselves fully with the application process before lodging their submissions. 

"Each year there is a huge interest in this scheme from many community and voluntary groups across the district. For this reason, we can only assess application forms that have been fully completed. Incomplete submissions will not be considered for funding," warned. 

"We will evaluate all applications on their merit and bring recommendations for funding before councillors for their approval at their March or April district committee meeting," she added.