Over € 200,000 in grants allocated to finance local association projects

Community groups across Dublin received funding for projects when they reopened as part of the government’s 2021 Community Improvement Program.

The 2021 Community Building Program was launched in May this year, with funding of € 4.5 million to provide small grants to local community groups across the country.

The Dublin City Council area received an allocation of more than € 211,525 from the department under the program to support groups as they reopen facilities that have been closed due to Covid-19.

The program is funded by the Ministry of Rural and Community Development and administered by local community development committees with the support of their local authority in each region.

Speaking at the announcement, Minister of State for Community Development and Charities Joe O’Brien TD said fundraising is an “important tool” to help groups, especially given the impact that Covid-19 has had on them.

He said, “The Community Improvement Program offers a range of invaluable small grants to help small community groups and facilities that support communities at the local level.

“I would like to congratulate the successful projects and thank them for the essential work they do in providing services in their local communities.

Among the 15 groups that will receive funding include Cherry Orchard Equine Center CLG, which received a total of € 8,980 as part of the fundraising program, The Bluebell Men’s Shed, which received € 26,099, and Our Lady’s Hall Management Committee in Drimnagh, which received € 8,342. .

Rural and Community Development Minister Heather Humphreys TD said: “I am delighted to announce today funding for 15 local projects in the Dublin City Council area as part of the Community Improvement Program. from my department.

“I want to support local grassroots projects in local communities across the country. Although these grants are small, they can make a big difference in enabling local community organizations to carry out much needed work in their area.