Com­mu­nity groups get fund­ing boost from LCDC

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

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

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