Community Facilities Scheme 2017

Community Facilities Capital Grant Scheme 2017

Kerry Age Friendly Grants Initiative

 

The Department of Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government has developed a new Community Facilities Capital Scheme to provide small scale capital grants. The aim of the Scheme is to fund projects that seek to enhance communities, address disadvantage and improve social cohesion at a local level.   It will also seek to address some of the difficulties local community groups face in terms of accessing very often small scale levels of funding to match their own fundraising efforts, in order to get community projects off the ground.

One of the conditions of the Scheme was that the Scheme is to be linked to some element of the LECP.

In this context Niamh O’ Sullivan, Chief Officer, Kerry LCDC made a case to the Department that the LCDC had prioritised the Age Friendly Programme as one of the priority actions to be focused on in the LECP Implementation Plan for 2017. This was agreed at the February meeting. Also, Siobhan Griffin, Kerry Age Friendly Co-Ordinator is currently preparing a Draft Age Friendly Strategy for County Kerry.

On this basis the Department approved that the €64,500 allocated could be used to support age friendly initiatives.

A public call for funding was made in early April – closing date 30th June 2017.

The following points were noted regarding the Age Friendly grants initiative:-

The age friendly grants will provide funding for new activities that support age friendly communities such as:

  • Improved access to public and community buildings
  • Creation of safe, comfortable places to meet
  • Intergenerational capital projects
  • Provision of recreation and healthy living facilities

The projects were brought to the July LCDC meeting for consideration at their meeting of 5th July 2017. The recommended allocations for the Community Facilities Scheme projects are now being brought to the MD meetings scheduled to be held in July/August for consideration and approval by the Elected Members.

Information and application forms on the CFS were available under latest news on the Kerry County Council website and PPN website. A list of grants approved under each of the 4 MDs will be uploaded onto Kerry County Council website following the respective MD meeting.

Community Facilties Scheme - Approved Funding - Tralee MD
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Community Facilties Scheme - Approved Funding - Killarney MD
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Community Facilities Scheme - Approved Funding - South & West MD
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Community Facilties Scheme - Approved Funding - Listowel MD
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Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

Phone: (066) 718 3500     Email: info@kerrycoco.ie