Community groups get funding boost from LCDC
JUST under €65,000 has been awarded to 58 community groups in the region by the Fingal
Local Community Development Committee (LCDC). In March 2017 the Minister of State for Communities and the National Drugs Strategy Catherine Byrne TD announced the new Capital grants scheme. The Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (now the Department of Rural and Community Development) allocated €2 million overall for this Scheme.
The funding is to be used for small scale capital expenditure to help grass roots community groups to get projects underway or take the next step towards completion. The initial scheme will run from June to December 2017. The scheme is administered by the Local Community Development Committees (LCDC) under the remit of the local authorities.
The vast majority of grants approved by the LCDC were for €1,000 with a limited number receiving €2,500 including three Men’s Sheds from Swords, Balbriggan and Portmarnock; Balbriggan Youth Service and Mountview Family Resource Centre.
Recipients of €1,000 included Donabate Portrane Community Centre; Fingal Orienteers; Lusk Community Council; Malahide Historical Society; Fingal Rowing Club; Remember Us Special Needs Group; Fingal Horticultural Society; Skerries Sea Scouts; Balbriggan Community Playground Group; Balbriggan Integration Forum; Fingal Youth Orchestra; ~Black Raven Pipe Band; Skerries Theatre Group; Cairde Balbriggan; Balbriggan Tidy Towns, Round Towers GAA Lusk.
€1,538 went to Portmarnock Sports and Leisure Centre; €800 to Flemington Community Centre; €850 to River Valley and Rathingle Residents Association; €980 to Balbriggan Enterprise Development Group; €996 to Fingal Counselling Service; €982 to Garristown Community Council;
Dr. Pat O’connor, Chair Fingal LCDC, said: ‘ The funding will help community groups complete small scale capital expenditure projects which will enhance communities further, address disadvantage and improve social cohesion at a local level.’
The scheme, which is set to be repeated in 2018, was heavily oversubscribed with 125 applications in total from all aspects of community development.
Dr. Pat O’connor, Chair Fingal Local Community Development Committee