Groups told to ap­ply for emer­gency funds

Irish Examiner - - County - Sean O’Rior­dan

Ap­pli­ca­tions are now open for a sec­ond round of emer­gency fund­ing de­signed to sup­port groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions which as­sisted many peo­ple dur­ing the Covid-19 pan­demic.

But, groups are ad­vised to move fast to en­sure they don’t miss out.

Through­out the cri­sis, Cork County Coun­cil has been work­ing with a range of com­mu­nity sup­port and ad­vo­cacy agen­cies to ad­min­is­ter tan­gi­ble and fi­nan­cial sup­port to com­mu­ni­ties.

This in­cluded fa­cil­i­tat­ing the col­lec­tion and de­liv­ery of vi­tal sup­plies, meals-on­wheels, friendly call ser­vices, and trans­port, where needed.

As com­mu­ni­ties be­gin to re­open and many emerge from co­coon­ing, it has be­come ap­par­ent that the sup­ports re­quired by th­ese com­mu­ni­ties are chang­ing.

The lo­cal author­ity, as part of its Covid-19 Com­mu­nity Sup­port Pro­gramme, has es­tab­lished an emer­gency fund for groups across County Cork as­sist­ing in the re­sponse ef­forts to the virus out­break.

Fol­low­ing the pre­vi­ous al­lo­ca­tion of €70,757 to groups across the county last month, a sec­ond round of fund­ing is now open for ap­pli­ca­tions.

Pri­or­ity will be given to groups in­cur­ring ex­pen­di­ture in the course of ad­dress­ing so­cial iso­la­tion, com­mu­nity sup­port and en­gage­ment. This could be, for ex­am­ple, as­sist­ing with the re-open­ing of com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties.

Mayor of the County of Cork, In­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lor Mary Line­han-Fo­ley, said com­mu­nity and vol­un­tary groups across the county have worked tire­lessly through­out the Covid-19 cri­sis to adapt their ser­vices and en­sure that the vul­ner­a­ble in our com­mu­ni­ties have been looked af­ter.

“I’m glad to see the an­nounce­ment of this sec­ond round of fund­ing to help with reopen­ing of fa­cil­i­ties and re­sump­tion of ser­vices, as we emerge from a pe­riod of phys­i­cal and so­cial iso­la­tion for so many,” she said.

Cork County Coun­cil’s on­line ap­pli­ca­tion is now open at www.your­coun­cil.ie and groups can ap­ply un­til 5pm on Fri­day, Au­gust 14.

■ For more in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact Cork County Coun­cil’s Com­mu­nity Sup­port Pro­gramme at 1800 805 819 or email covid­sup­port@cork­coco.ie.

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