I launched the Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) in May 2018. I am delighted with the success of the CEP and on foot of the high level of applications received following the launch, I provided an additional once-off funding allocation of €8.5 million bring the total allocation to €13 million in 2018.
The programme replaces and builds on two schemes which operated in 2017, the Communities Facilities Scheme (CFS) and the re-cast RAPID programme. It was put in place following a review of those two schemes, and consideration of a Value-for-Money review of the original RAPID programme that closed to new applications in 2011.
Combining these schemes makes for a more flexible, streamlined and targeted approach to providing funding to those communities most in need, while reducing the level of administration involved. Any community group in any area can apply for funding under the programme.
There is funding of €4m for the programme for 2019.