66 projects share €142k funding pot

Simon Brouder

Over €142,000 in funding is to be shared among 66 Kerry projects under the Government's Community Enhancement Programme.

The Department of Rural and Community Development, has provided €142,409 to projects in Kerry under the programme which replaces and builds on RAPID and the Communities Facilities Scheme.

Grant applications were invited from community groups and local organisations across the county. In Kerry, it was agreed that the funding under this programme would be targeted towards supporting Age Friendly initiatives.

The range of projects supported include accessibility projects, the provision of comfortable meeting spaces for older people, community amenities, public realm improvements, social spaces, community safety initiatives, inter-generational projects, and creative and recreational activities for older people.

The funding is being administered by the Community Department in Kerry County Council in conjunction with the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC).

It follows a recent allocation of over €400,000 to a range of projects under the CLÁR Programme including playground improvements and safety enhancements at schools and community facilities across the county.

Ten projects in the Tralee Municipal District share in €28,500; over €37,800 will go to projects in the South West MD; in the Listowel MD 27 projects will share over €49,900 and in the Killarney MD over €27,400 will be split between 11 projects.

The largest individual allocation, of €12,000, will got towards the provision of a new entry awning and gazebo at the Cahersiveen Social Services Day Care Centre.

€8,000 will go to Team Bramble to build an outdoor gym and yoga area at the Canal Walk in Blennerville.

Listry Community Council will receive €7,000 to upgrade computers for adult classes and other facilities at the community centre.