Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Questions (274)

Mary Butler

Question:

274. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if she has plans to introduce a further tranche of community enhancement programme funding given that community centres are incurring additional expense as they move towards reopening within the public health restrictions of the day; the amounts paid to each local authority under the previous tranche of community enhancement programme funding announced in May 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45357/21]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

The Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) was first launched by my Department in 2018. The Programme provides funding to community groups and organisations across Ireland, with a focus on areas of disadvantage. Funding is provided to each Local Authority area, and the programme is administered by the Local Community Development Committees (LCDC) on the basis of local need.

Between 2018 and the end of 2020 the CEP funded over 8,000 projects across the country.

I launched the 2021 CEP on the 10th May with an allocation of €4.5m. The key theme was to support groups as they reopen facilities which were closed due to COVID-19. The 2021 CEP is now closed to applicants and depending on the Local Authority area, LCDCs have either assessed applications for funding or are assessing applications at present.

While there are currently no plans for another tranche of the CEP in 2021, I will consider allocating additional funding from other funding lines within my Department to support community centres and community groups as they move towards reopening.

The Funds allocated to each LCDC area for the 2021 CEP launched on 10th May is set out in the table below.

LCDC

2021 CEP

Carlow

€134,206

Cavan

€134,757

Clare

€139,257

Cork City

€153,703

Cork

€156,299

Donegal

€159,461

Dublin City

€212,306

Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown

€142,108

Fingal

€150,521

Galway City

€132,455

Galway County

€143,401

Kerry

€142,409

Kildare

€148,013

Kilkenny

€136,319

Laois

€136,524

Leitrim

€129,223

Limerick

€152,942

Longford

€132,385

Louth

€145,542

Mayo

€145,203

Meath

€142,893

Monaghan

€132,571

Offaly

€138,550

Roscommon

€133,301

Sligo

€134,084

South Dublin

€169,399

Tipperary

€149,690

Waterford

€144,499

Westmeath

€136,571

Wexford

€150,065

Wicklow

€141,343

Total

€4,500,000