€135,000 from Community Support Fund for groups in South and West Kerry Municipal District

€135,000 has today been allocated to community and voluntary groups for projects and initiatives in the South and West Kerry Municipal District under the 2017 Community Support Fund which is provided annually by Kerry County Council. The Community Support Fund – which is now in its third year and has provided €1.5m in funding over the past two years – supports a wide range of community, sporting, residents’, youth, and voluntary organisations across Kerry and a range of projects which are of benefit to local communities.

Councillors in the South and West Kerry Municipal District have agreed to allocate funding of €63,000 to 128 projects in the area (full details attached) with a further €72,000 set aside for projects and initiatives which could have the potential for co-funding with other sources such as the Leader Programme and which have a wider and longer-term strategic objective.

Welcoming the funding allocations agreed, the Cathaoirleach of the South and West Kerry Municipal District, Cllr John Francis Flynn said the funding would be of great benefit to projects and groups across the entire district.

“Local community and voluntary organisations do so much valuable work in our communities. This funding will help to support existing and new projects in a very meaningful way and gives groups the opportunity to develop new events and initiatives as well as progressing existing ones,” said Cllr Flynn.

“A key objective this year,” said Cllr Flynn, “is to strategically target funding to projects and groups which would be potentially eligible for co-funding under other schemes like Leader. This funding might help them to leverage funds from other sources. For this purpose, we have set aside €72,000 for the year ahead and the details of that will be worked out in the coming months.”

185 applications for funding were received in the South and West Kerry Municipal District in 2017 and those who did not succeed or were deemed ineligible for funding are being invited to contact the Community Department of Kerry County Council to discuss their applications.

South and West Kerry Municipal Districts Allocations
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