Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (1229)

Eugene Murphy

Question:

1229. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the avenues of funding and grant support open to a group (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14026/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

My Department operates the following funding programmes and support schemes that are open to applications from relevant parties, including those in Scouting Ireland, who satisfy the relevant eligibility criteria during the application timeframes set for each scheme/programme.

The Community Enhancement Programme provides capital grants to community groups to help improve facilities in disadvantaged areas. Projects, or elements of projects, of a capital nature may be funded. Scouting Ireland units can apply for funding, along with any other community group under the programme once they meet the criteria.

The programme is administered by Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) in each Local Authority area. It is planned to launch the 2019 Community Enhancement Programme by the end of March 2019.

The LEADER Programme also supports community and voluntary groups in rural Ireland. Applications for funding can be made directly to the relevant Local Action Groups.

Details relating to eligibility criteria and application processes for supports under these and other programmes funded by my Department are available on our website.

Questions Nos. 1230 to 1233, inclusive, answered with Question No. 1223.