Community groups receive €150,000 in grant aid
Wexford County Council has allocated €150,000 in grant aid to 101 community groups around the county.
The money was granted to help the groups improve their local areas and upgrade their facilities.
The money was presented by Wexford Local Community Development Committee (LCDC), on behalf of the Department of Rural and Community Development, at a ceremony in County Hall on Friday, August 23.
The grants were allocated under the Community Enhancement Programme (CEP).
A spokesperson for the local authority commented: 'The Community Enhancement Programme provides vital support to community groups in order to help them improve their local facilities.'
The grants support small-scale funding of community based projects and can go towards the purchase of defibrillators and IT equipment to minor renovations to community facilities.
'The programme responds to local needs and also provides funding towards larger projects,' said the spokesperson.
A total of €100,000 was available to support the enhancement of communities through small scale capital grants and additional fund allocation of €50,000 went towards initiatives supporting positive climate change measures.
The Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Cllr Michael Sheehan, complimented all of the recipient groups on their efforts to improve their respective areas.
'I hope this funding will allow community groups to continue the invaluable work they do on behalf of others in local areas throughout the county,' he said.
The Chairperson of Wexford LCDC, Cllr Lisa McDonald, also acknowledged the groups and said the LCDC 'looks forward to supporting the successful communities as they continue to respond to the local needs of their areas'.
She said the impact of the Community Enhancement Programme is considerable in augmenting existing projects and acting as a catalyst for new community initiatives.
The groups that received funding included: Bridgemeadow Residence Association (€1,000 - Installation of CCTV); Enniscorthy Swim Club (€3,000 - sports equipment); Ramsgrange Men's Shed (€1,000 - dust extractors); South East Regional Family support Network CLG (€500 - lockable storage cabinet); Adamstown Tidy Towns (€1,000 - to purchase four post mounted litter bins and two bollards for the footpath); Cahore Inshore Rescue (€1,000 - defibrillator); Corach Men's Shed (€1,000 - upgrade of mens shed facilities); Corach Men's Shed (Wexford Men's Shed Fishing Group) (€1,000 - jackets and wet gear); St Mary's Day Care Centre (€1,000 - upgrading existing space into fully functioning office); Gorey Hockey Club (€1,000 - sports equipment); Raheen Community Development Group Ltd (€1,000 - storage press); Southend Family Resource Centre (€1,000 - safety equipment - life jackets); Wexford Working Men's Club (€1,415 - woodwork equipment); Seal Rescue Ireland (€1,000 - construction of community tree nursery); Kilmore Scope (€2,000 - replacing the timber floor in hall); Scouting Ireland St Paul's Group Blackwater (€1,000 - scouting equipment); Knockingall Organisation Community Centre CLG (€1,500 - stainless steel units for storage and new doors for wall presses); Shamrock Men's Shed (€1,000 - new shed); Ballycanew/Ballyoughter Community Development Association CLG (€1,000 - conference seating for the community centre); Blackwater Parish F&P Committee (€2,200 - defibrillator); Blackwater Active Retirement (€830 - audio/visual equipment); Fethard Community Development Association (€1,000 - festive street lighting); Kilmuckridge Community & Family Resource Centre (€1,000 - carpark improvement works); Croghan Barrack Community Project (€1,800 - community garden improvement works); St Senan's Parents Council (€1,000 - outdoor seating and tables); St Joseph's Community Centre Company Ltd (€1,000 - laptop); Wexford Traveller Development Group (€1,000 - IT equipment); FAB Community and Family Resource Centre / FAB Huggie Bears Childcare (€984 - play area upgrade); Riverchapel Tidy Towns/Project 1 (€600 - IT equipment); New Ross Needlecraft (€500 - laptop); Gorey Tidy Towns/Project 1 (€1,000 - mural artwork); Adamstown ICA Guild (€1,000 - kitchen equipment); Clonroche Development Association (€4,000 - CCTV); Blackwater Parish Hall (€2,300 - Community hall tables); New 2 Gorey (€1,000 - IT equipment); Clongeen Community Development Group (€2,332 - convert an existing storage room into an office); Cois Barry Community House (€892 - electrical box wrap); Newbawn Development Group (€1,000 - chairs for community hall); North Wexford Traditional Singing Circle (€1,000 - music and recording equipment); 13th Wexford Scout Group 9 (€999 - laptop); Kilmuckridge Men's Shed/Project 1 (€1,000 - work tools); Gorey Men's Shed/Project 1 (€2,000 - purchase of pool table, dart board, rotovator and shed); Leskinfere Community Alert (€1,000 - public address system); Craanford Community Field Trust (€1,000 - chairs for community hall); Castlebridge Tidy Towns (€1,000 - surface improvement works to community green area); Taghmon/Camross GAA/Project 1 (€1,000 - mural artwork); Taghmon Handball Club (€1,000 - upgrade the lights in the ball alley); Taghmon Family Resource Centre (€1,000 - kitchen equipment); Taghmon Integrated Local Development Team (Taghmon Action Group TAG) (€1,930 - outdoor accessibility improvement works); Glenbeg Point Residents Association (€3,000 - multi use games area); Bunclody tidy towns (€1,000 - community green area enhancement works); Barntown Heritage Group (€1,000 - lighting work at community monument); Cool Monday Club (€500 - community play equipment); 35th Wexford Kilmore Scout Group (€1,000 - scouting equipment); The Brambles Residents Association (€3,000 - ride-on lawnmower); Barntown Community Centre (€1,000 - outdoor furniture for community centre); Enniscorthy Men's Shed (€1,000 - work tools); Feachtas Ealaion Cuideachta Faoi Theorainn Rathaiochta t/a St Michael's Theatre (€1,000 - box-office ticketing computer); Kilanerin Tidy Towns (€1,000 - community polytunnel); Camolin Community Development (€3,000 - community walkway improvement works); New Ross Men's Shed/Project 1 (€1,000 - snooker table); Ferns Bowls (€1,000 - indoor bowls mat & equipment); Yola Hedge School and Family Centre (€2,500 - development of eco house); Rathgarogue Development Committee/Project 1 (€1,000 - meeting chairs, projector, projector screen and fitting for the projector to ceiling); Taghmon Tidy Towns Group (€1,000 - upgrade of surface of community open space); Wexford Town Gaming Society (€200 - board games for public use); Rosslare Harbour/Kilrane Village Development Team/Project 1 (€1,000 - public realm works at Kilrane); Rosemary Heights Resident's Association (€1,000 - signage for litter free estate, self drive mower and grass strimmer); Wexford Celtic Football Club (€1,000 - CCTV - share with DMP AC); DMP Athletics Club (€1,000 - CCTV - share with Wexford Celtic FC); The Killinick Project (€1,000 - horticultural equipment); Clohamon Community Development Group (€2,500 - revamp existing basketball court and soccer pitch); Cottage Autism Network CLG (€1,000 - office furniture and equipment); Irish Street Arts, Circus & Spectacle Network CLG (€519 - office furniture and equipment); New Ross Sea Scouts (€2,000 - improve access to building); Kilmuckridge Tidy Towns (€1,000 - upgrade community picnic area); St. Kevin's Community Centre (€3,000 - replace floor in community hall); Acquired Brain Injury Ireland Wexford (€1,000 - purchase computers to provide clubhouse members with access to digital technology); Measure 2 - Climate Action: Glynn Barntown All Community fitness & wellbeing Centre (€3,000 - to create a multi-purpose sports, fitness and wellbeing facility by reviving a redundant handball alley); Our Lady's Island Community Development Company (€3,000 - insulate the ceiling in the main hall in the community centre); Gorey Tidy Towns/Project 2 (€3,000 - installation of a water station in the town centre); Riverchapel Tidy Towns/Project 2 (€1,700 - creation of an eco friendly bio diversity area); Lollitots Community Childcare CLG (€3,000 - energy efficient upgrade, upgrading and replacement of existing air to water heat pumps eliminating use of oil heating); Hook Heritage CLG (€3,000 - install 2 E-car charging points); 12th Wexford Ballykelly scouts (€2,000 - insulation of attic space in scout hall); New Ross Men's shed/Project 2 (€3,000 - installation of solar panels); Riverchapel Complex (€831 - four waste bins for community complex); Beachside Residents Association (€1,800 - creation of bio diversity gardens); Ferns community Centre (€2,730 - energy efficient upgrade); Kilmuckridge Men's Shed/Project 2 (€3,000 - energy efficient upgrade - insulate roof); Gorey Men's Shed/Project 2 (€500 - creation of bio diversity gardens); Saltmills St Kearns Community Group (€3,000 - install a living green sedum roof and water butts); Rosslare Community Development Association (€2,382 - recycling projects and waste reduction works); Little daisies Community creche (€1,230 - energy efficient upgrade - install LED lights); Gorey Youth Needs Group (€707 - energy efficient upgrade - install LED lights); Gorey Youth Training Initiative (€491 - energy efficient upgrade - install LED lights); Rathgarogue Development Committee/Project 2 (€3,000 - energy efficient upgrade - install LED lights); Davidstown Development Association (€3,000 - energy efficient upgrade - install LED lights); Rosslare Harbour Kilrane Village Development Team/Project 2 (€3,000 - installation of a charge point in public car park); Taghmon /Camross GAA/Project 2 (€1,629 - energy efficient upgrade - replace single pane windows with energy efficient version) and Irish Wheel Chair Association (€1,000 - sensory garden).