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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 22 March 2022

Tuesday, 22 March 2022

Ceisteanna (1166)

Pádraig O'Sullivan

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1166. Deputy Pádraig O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if there is a fund or grant system available to help communities construct community centres; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [13921/22]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Rural)

My Department provides a number of funding streams for Community Centres. For example, the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund (RRDF) provides funding for the development and construction of large scale capital projects in towns and villages and rural areas across Ireland. I announced the fourth call for Category 1 applications in December 2021, with a closing date for applications of 29th April.

Funding for projects may also be available through the LEADER Transitional programme. This will cover the period 2021-2022, and came into effect on the 1 April 2021 for new project applications. The LEADER programme is administered by local action groups (LAGs) in each of the 28 LEADER sub-regional areas around the country.

Separately, a new capital fund for the upgrade of community centres which was referenced in the National Development Plan, and which I announced recently, will also be available soon. The fund, with a budget of €15million, will support the upgrade and refurbishment of community buildings in urban and rural areas. Applications will be accepted under 3 categories with funding of between €10,000 - €300,000 available.

Guidelines and application forms for this scheme will be advertised on my Department's website in the coming weeks.

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