SENATOR Pat Casey and Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly have welcomed the allocation of €282,686 funding for 123 local projects across Wicklow as part of the Department’s Community Activities Fund.
The funding has been allocated to assist with the running costs of the groups as well as to support the improvement of facilities.
Larger allocations include €10,000 for Rathdrum Cancer Support for non-pay operating and running costs, €5,000 to Shuttle Knit for machinery and non-pay operating and running costs, €6,000 for Bray Community Addiction Team for renovations of the building and premises and €5,000 for Arklow Maritime Heritage GLC for non-pay and operating and running costs.
Minister Stephen Donnelly said: “I know what a massive impact the pandemic has had on all our lives and how important a role our clubs and local groups played in helping people through it. This funding, while not huge, is aimed at supporting these groups to keep on having a positive impact on our communities.”
Senator Casey added: “The key theme of the fund is to support groups, particularly in disadvantaged areas, with their running costs such as utility or insurance bills, as well as with improvements to their facilities.
“This fund will support locally led, ground-up projects in local communities across the county. This funding is all about giving a helping hand to our local groups and clubs, which have continued to serve their community during Covid. The 2021 Community Activities Fund was launched in November 2021 with funding of €9m available. Wicklow received an allocation of €282,686 from the Department under the fund. The Community Activities Fund provides a range of invaluable small grants to help the smaller community groups and facilities that support communities at a grassroots level.”
The Community Activities Fund is a once off fund provided by the Department of Rural and Community Development and administered by Local Community Development Committees, with support from the Local Authority, in each area.
The full list of funding allocations is available at https://www.gov.ie/en/collection/bff8c-community-activity-fund/.