Kerry projects set to share in over €350k in funding
OVER €350,000 in funding is to be shared between 79 community groups, organisations and projects in Kerry as part of the latest round of funding under the State’s Community Enhancement Programme (CEP).
The CEP provides capital grants to community groups and is primarily targeted towards enhancing facilities in disadvantaged communities. It is designed to support a range of investment in all areas of communities, such as childcare groups, playgrounds, recreational groups, sports grounds, landscaping, and supporting the elderly.
Details of this year’s funding allocations were announced by Rural and Community Development Minister Michael Ring on Friday.
The largest individual beneficiaries, which will each receive over €10,000 in finding, are as follows:
Listowel Community Centre will receive €18,045 to fund new age-friendly seating and access improvements to the centre, including electronic doors and braille signs.
Killarney Looking Good Committee has been allocated €16,948 to install new benches on the Killarney Trail and improve lighting and accessibility around the town centre.
Firies Parish Council is to benefit from €15,000 to improve lighting, safety and accessibility locally.
Milltown Community and Chamber Alliance will receive €14,000, which will be used to refurbish its kitchen and meeting room.
Cahersiveen Community Centre is to get €13,000 for further refurbishment of the Carnegie Building, while Cahersiveen Social Services will receive €12,000 to install a new gazebo and awning.
Ballybunion Community Forum has been allocated a total of €11,300 to install lighting, a 45-foot indoor bowls mat and to engrave the poem ‘Slow Dance’ on the paving of the footpath along the cliff road.
The Knocknagoshel Over 55s Social Club and Women’s Group will receive €10,300 to buy kitchen equipment, and Tralee Chamber Alliance will get €10,000 to cover the cost of a commercial-grade marquee.
Meanwhile, among the other significant beneficiaries are the Ballyheigue Development Association; Barradubh Men’s Shed; Castleisland Tidy Towns; The Derrylea Residents Association; Foodshare Kerry and the IRD Duhallow Community Care Committee. which will each receive allocations of €9,000 to cover various projects.
Listowel Community Centre is the biggest Kerry beneficiary under the 2019 CEP State funding scheme.