Over €1.6m in community funding
Over €1.6 million was shared among 137 individual projects last year through the seven community funding schemes administered by Wicklow County Council.
The CLAR (Ceantair Laga Árd-Riachtanais) programme delivered €175,000 to 12 projects, while the Town and Village programme provided funding of €525,000 to seven projects. The Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme provided a further €438,000 to seven projects and the Healthy Ireland Initiative assisted 14 projects with funding of €112,100. The New Community Enhancement programme delivered €350,530 to 91 groups while a Festival Funding programme assisted six festivals in the county.
Acknowledging this investment in the county, Cllr Pat Vance, cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, paid tribute to the staff in the Community, Cultural and Social Development directorate in the council and to Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring and his officials. Councillor Vance said that these projects, spread across different communities throughout the county, will significantly enhance a large number of towns and villages and he congratulated all those involved in all the projects.
Frank Curran, Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council, added his own congratulations to everyone involved in the projects and said that council staff will continue to work in partnership with all groups in the county to advance more projects in 2019.