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 for funding. Among the projects are childcare groups and playgrounds, recreational groups, community gardens and premises, sports grounds and initiatives that support the elderly.
In reference to the Deputy's question regarding Gortnahoe only two groups in that area applied for funding in 2020. Both of these, the Patricks Gate Residents Association Gortnahoe and Gortnahoe Social & Amenity Association, were approved for funding.
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/.