Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (1387)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

1387. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if funding will be provided to a club (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19800/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

I recently launched the 2019 Community Enhancement Programme, which included funding for Kerry of €142,409. The programme provides capital grants to community groups to enhance facilities in order to address disadvantage. The group referenced can apply to their Local Community Development Committee, who administer the programme for my Department.  The closing date for the 2019 programme is 30 May.

Funding may also be available under the LEADER Programme to support community and voluntary groups in rural Ireland.  In order for a project to be eligible for LEADER funding, it must be compatible with the actions outlined in the approved Local Development Strategy for the relevant LEADER area, and it must comply with the Operating Rules and EU Regulations in place for the programme.

The decision to approve a project, or otherwise, is a matter for the Local Action Group (LAG) which administers the programme in each LEADER area.  Interested applicants should, in the first instance, contact the relevant LAG through its Implementing Partners to discuss funding that may be available.

The Implementing Partner for the area of Kerry referred to by the Deputy is South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd., West Main St., Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry.

- Telephone: 066 94 72724.

- E-mail: info@skdp.net.