Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Ceisteanna (73)

Maria Bailey


73. Deputy Maria Bailey asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the criteria for grant aid under the community facilities scheme. [1698/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Rural)

The 2017 Communities Facilities Scheme was launched in March 2017.  The scheme is administered on my Department's behalf by Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) under the remit of the Local Authorities.

Under the scheme community and voluntary groups can apply for grants for capital projects which benefit the local community.  Applications must relate to at least one of the following key target group and thematic areas: 

- Youth

- Older people

- Immigrants

- Refugees

- Travellers

- Ex-prisoners and families of prisoners/ex-prisoners

- Projects promoting cultural activity

- Projects promoting equality

- Community development projects

- Projects promoting integration

- Projects which are part of the Creative Ireland 2017-2022 initiative

Communities Facilities Scheme funding is only available for capital projects, or capital funded elements of projects.  Further details on the 2017 scheme are available on my Department's website, at http://drcd.gov.ie/community/communities-facilities-scheme/

My Department is currently reviewing the Community Facilities Scheme to facilitate improvements for 2018.  This review may result in some changes to the criteria that applied previously.  Any changes will be communicated to all stakeholders on the announcement of the 2018 scheme.