Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Questions (59)

Martin Heydon

Question:

59. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the level of funding provided to tidy towns committees in County Kildare and nationwide in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51792/18]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the TidyTowns Competition this year, I announced a grant scheme of €1.4 million at the end of 2017 to mark, in a small way, the efforts of TidyTowns committees all over the country who have given countless hours to make their communities better places in which to live. Over 900 committees availed of the grant. More than 40 different TidyTowns committees in County Kildare received funding totalling €76,000 in 2017.

I was delighted to again be able to announce funding of €1.4 million in September this year for TidyTowns committees to assist them in preparing for the 2019 competition.

Under the scheme, funding of between €1,000 and €4,000 is available to TidyTowns committees who have entered the competition in any of the last three years and I would encourage all eligible committees to apply for the funding.

The allocation available to Tidy Towns committees in County Kildare under the 2018 scheme is €73,000 and represents 41 separate TidyTowns committees who are eligible to apply.

The following table outlines the allocation available to each county for 2018.

County

2018 Grant Allocation

Carlow

€28,000

Cavan

€34,000

Clare

€58,000

Cork

€143,000

Donegal

€65,000

Dublin

€106,000

Galway

€65,000

Kerry

€55,000

Kildare

€73,000

Kilkenny

€33,000

Laois

€34,000

Leitrim

€23,000

Limerick

€81,000

Longford

€32,000

Louth

€42,000

Mayo

€51,000

Meath

€63,000

Monaghan

€28,000

Offaly

€33,000

Roscommon

€39,000

Sligo

€34,000

Tipperary

€103,000

Waterford

€33,000

Westmeath

€47,000

Wexford

€45,000

Wicklow

€50,000

Total

€1,398,000