Some ?720,000 has been allocated this year ?20,000 more than budgeted due to the high calibre of entries by the local authority which will enable a variety of groups improve their services to members.Awards were granted to: Corduff Community Centre - ?98,064; Swords Senior Citizens - ?51,756; Sutton Methodist Church - ?38,323; Coolmine Sports Complex - ?60,000
Some ?720,000 has been allocated this year – ?20,000 more than budgeted due to the high calibre of entries – by the local authority which will enable a variety of groups improve their services to members.
Awards were granted to: Corduff Community Centre - ?98,064; Swords Senior Citizens - ?51,756; Sutton Methodist Church - ?38,323; Coolmine Sports Complex - ?60,000;
109th Corduff Scouts - ?25,068; Portmarnock Adventure Club - ?15,550; Coolmine Rugby Club - ?25,000; Round Towers GAA Club, Lusk - ?40,000; Skerries Harps GAA Club - ?40,000; St. Brigids GAA Club D15 - ?40,000;
Sutton Dinghy Club - ?40,000; Suttonians RFC - ?40,000; Verona Sports and Leisure Club - ?40,000; Castleknock GAA Club - ?40,000; Naomh Barrog GAA Club - ?40,000; North County Cricket Club - ?40,000.
Cathaoirleach Sean Dolphin commended the work of the Community Recreation and Amenities Department and welcomed the effect that this money will have on the groups involved.
‘This is a good news story for everyone involved and I am glad to see that the groups who have received funding represent a good geographic spread across Fingal.
‘This funding rewards the effort and commitment of groups who are working for a better community life.’
County Manager Willie Soffe noted that although the budget initially set was ?700,000 flexibility had to be shown when the demand and quality of application was high.
‘The total requirement of eligible participants in 2004 was ?20,000 over what had been initially committed.
‘We felt that rather than disappoint any of the very worthy applicants we would extend the budget by that amount.’
A total of 20 applications for Facilities Funding were received from organisations across Fingal, two of which were subsequently withdrawn by the applicants.
Each applicant was contacted by a Community or Sports
Development Officer to assess the particular application. This involved site visits and interviews with organisations and a detailed examination of all documents submitted.
According to Senan Turnbull, Director of Services, Community, Recreation and Amenities only two projects were deemed ineligible.
‘It’s great to see the professionalism of those in the community and voluntary sector and we are delighted that so many clubs and groups will benefit from this Facilities Funding.
‘Our Community and Sports officers work on a year round basis with these community and voluntary groups to help them consolidate and develop for the betterment of Fingal.’
Cheques will be presented to the groups at a special ceremony to be held in the next few weeks.