Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Questions (852)

John Curran

Question:

852. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development further to Parliamentary Question No. 278 of 18 April 2019, the amount paid out to date of the amount allocated to each local authority and LDC to community groups in each such year based on the latest data; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24133/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

I refer to the reply to question No. 278 of 18 April 2019 which provided information on the amounts allocated to each local authority area for the schemes and years referenced. 

The 2017 and 2018 amounts have issued from this Department to the Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) that administer the schemes. The 2019 amounts will issue during quarter 3 of this year.

A list of approved projects  for 2017 and 2018 was provided in the previous response, however, a list of the amounts paid out by the LCDCs to community groups is not yet available.  To allow community groups time to complete the work necessary to draw down the funding, an extension to end June 2019 has been provided for use of these funds.  In July, the Department will compile a list of the payments provided by LCDCs to community groups.  A copy will be provided to the Deputy at that stage

A copy of the response to the previous question (No. 278 of 18 April 2019) is provided for completeness.

Response to previous question (No. 278 of 18 April 2019)

The nationwide re-cast RAPID programme and the Communities Facilities Scheme were launched for the first time in 2017.  €65,000 was allocated to and paid to each local authority area under each scheme, a total of €130,000 for each area and €4m across the country.

In 2018, these two programmes were replaced by the Community Enhancement Programme (CEP), which received total funding of €13m in 2018, including €0.5m that was ring-fenced for Men’s Sheds. The 2019 CEP has recently been launched with funding of €4.5m. The amount allocated to each local authority area is shown in the following table for 2018 and 2019. The 2018 amounts have been paid out by this Department. The 2019 amounts have not yet been paid out.

All of these three programmes were administered by Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs), with support from the local authorities. Local Development Committees (LDCs) were not involved in that process.

Lists of approved projects under the 2017 Communities Facilities Scheme, the 2017 RAPID programme, and the 2018 CEP are provided in the below links. In some cases there is a delay in drawdown of this funding by community groups, for example, due to a delay in completing the approved work. This causes a delay in having final figures for some areas. The Department has written to the LCDC in each area asking for confirmation of final amounts provided to community groups and will provide this to the Deputy when it is available. It is not anticipated that there will be any significant difference between the amounts paid out by the Department to each LCDC/LA and the amounts paid out by that LCDC/LA to community groups.

Local Authority area

2018 CEP Allocation

2019 CEP Allocation

Carlow 

€259,285

€134,206

Cavan 

€274,141

€134,757

Clare 

€336,239

€139,257

Cork City

€472,567

€149,241

Cork

€650,400

€160,762

Donegal 

€632,449

€159,461

Dublin City

€1,364,607

€212,306

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown

€369,788

€142,108

Fingal 

€493,131

€150,521

Galway City

€233,676

€132,455

Galway 

€397,778

€143,401

Kerry 

€382,630

€142,409

Kildare 

€468,672

€148,013

Kilkenny 

€289,901

€136,319

Laois 

€294,177

€136,524

Leitrim 

€189,068

€129,223

Limerick

€542,485

€152,942

Longford 

€234,155

€132,385

Louth

€418,627

€145,542

Mayo 

€425,542

€145,203

Meath 

€393,662

€142,893

Monaghan 

€238,172

€132,571

Offaly 

€322,142

€138,550

Roscommon 

€248,252

€133,301

Sligo 

€263,402

€134,084

South Dublin 

€750,743

€169,399

Tipperary

€486,017

€149,690

Waterford 

€402,777

€144,499

Westmeath 

€303,516

€136,571

Wexford 

€494,079

€150,065

Wicklow

€367,921

€141,343

Total

€13,000,000

€4,500,000

Details on approved projects for the 2017 Communities Facilities Fund are on the following link:

https://drcd.gov.ie/community/communities-facilities-scheme/

Details on approved projects for the 2017 RAPID programme are on the following link:

https://drcd.gov.ie/revitalising-areas-by-planning-investment-and-development-rapid/

Details on approved projects for the 2018 Community Enhancement Programme are on the following link:

https://drcd.gov.ie/wp-content/uploads/CEP-Jan-2019-Project-approvals.pdf

Details on approved projects for the 2018 Men’s Shed fund (under the Community Enhancement Programme) are on the following link:

https://drcd.gov.ie/wp-content/uploads/Mens-Sheds-Funding-Jan-2019.pdf