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Playgrounds are among the amenities, clubs and community organisations that can benefit from the fund.

Applications open in Clare for €280k community activities fund

CLUBS and community organisations around Clare have been invited to apply for a share in a €278,514 community activities fund.

The money, Clare’s share in an overall €9m fund, was announced recently by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys and Minister of State Joe O’Brien TD, to support community groups impacted by Covid-19.

The Community Activities Fund under the Community Enhancement Programme will support groups, particularly in disadvantaged areas, with their running costs such as utility or insurance bills, as well as with improvements to their facilities.

Groups will also be able to use the funding to carry out necessary repairs and to purchase equipment for community facilities such as playgrounds and community centres.

The once-off fund will be allocated under the Department’s Community Enhancement Programme and will be administered locally by Clare Local Community Development Committee (LCDC).

In line with the funding guidelines, 60 per cent of Clare’s share will be allocated to running costs for groups and clubs.

Referring to the funding for Clare, Chief Executive of Clare County Council, Pat Dowling, said: “This funding will support local groups and clubs which have continued to serve their communities during the Covid-19 pandemic. These groups are central to communities.”

Chairperson of Clare LCDC, Paul Patton of the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, welcomed the funding as a practical support to smaller groups and facilities across the county.
Groups are still struggling to reopen and maintain community facilities, he noted, and those impacted by the pandemic are encouraged to apply.

The closing date for applications is Friday, February 25. The online form can be viewed under the Community Enhancement Programme Grant section at www.clarecoco.ie.

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