Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Ceisteanna (593)

Tony McLoughlin

Ceist:

593. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the community enhancement programme does not allow schools to apply for funding in view of the fact that the rural equivalent and the CLÁR programmes allow same; his plans to change same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7733/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Rural)

The Community Enhancement Programme helps community groups to improve facilities in their area. It is aimed at addressing disadvantage as outlined in each area's Local Economic and Community Plan.

Under the 2018 programme, schools could apply for funding as long as they were not a commercial or for-profit organisation, and on the condition that the grant was for something available to the entire community.

In 2018, over €200,000 of the programme allocation funded school related projects including pre-school, after-school, Parents Associations on behalf of schools, National/Primary and Community Schools.

The details of the 2019 programme are currently being considered and will be announced in due course.