Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (1065)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

1065. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the number of applications on hand in respect of the community enhancement programme; the extent to which she expects to be in a position to respond positively; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8606/21]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

The Community Enhancement Programme provides small capital grants to community organisations to enhance facilities in disadvantaged areas.

Under the programme, funding is allocated to each local authority area and administered by the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) in each area.

The 2021 Community Enhancement Programme has not yet been launched and will be announced in due course. It is hoped to provide details to LCDCs in early Q2, 2021 and I recommend that groups engage with their LCDC so they are aware of this and any other grants that are available.

In 2020 the programme had two rounds of funding totalling €7m and over 3,000 projects have been approved to date for funding. Among the projects are childcare groups and playgrounds, recreational groups, community gardens and premises, sports grounds and initiatives that support the elderly.

Details of the projects approved for funding during 2020 are available on the Gov.ie website at https://www.gov.ie/en/collection/1e973a-community-enhancement-programme-projects/