Sev­enty-five lo­cal pro­jects to split over €330,000 in fund­ing

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

SEV­ENTY-FIVE pro­jects across Co Wick­low will re­ceive more than €330,000 in fund­ing be­tween them un­der the De­part­ment of Ru­ral and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment’s Com­mu­nity En­hance­ment Pro­gramme (CEP).

The an­nounce­ment was made by Min­is­ter for Ru­ral and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment, Michael Ring TD, on Thurs­day.

The Wick­low pro­jects are among 3,000 na­tion­wide that will re­ceive fund­ing un­der the scheme as part of an over­all al­lo­ca­tion of €12.5m.

The CEP pro­vides cap­i­tal grants to com­mu­nity groups and is aimed at en­hanc­ing fa­cil­i­ties in dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties through sup­port­ive in­vest­ment in ar­eas like child­care groups, play­grounds, recre­ational groups, sports grounds, land­scap­ing, and ini­tia­tives in­volv­ing the elderly.

In an­nounc­ing the fund­ing Min­is­ter Ring said: ‘A rel­a­tively small amount of money can go a long way and this in­vest­ment will greatly ben­e­fit lo­cal com­mu­nity pro­jects through­out the coun­try.’

The ap­pli­ca­tion process for the CEP is ad­min­is­tered by Lo­cal Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tees (LCDCs) in each Lo­cal Au­thor­ity area and the money was al­lo­cated fol­low­ing an open ap­pli­ca­tion process launched in May.

In ad­di­tion to spe­cific group and or­gan­i­sa­tion al­lo­ca­tions, fund­ing through the pro­gramme will also go to­wards com­mu­nity pro­jects in­clud­ing en­ergy ef­fi­cient up­grades, com­mu­nity gar­dens, pro­vi­sion of de­fib­ril­la­tors and CCTV in ad­di­tion to sports and IT equip­ment.

Tidy Towns groups around the county are among those to be al­lo­cated fund­ing un­der the CEP. Ark­low Tidy Towns will re­ceive €30,000 to help en­hance the rivere­walk and other pro­jects, while Tidy Towns groups in Aughrim, Bray, Grey­stones and Wick­low will each re­ceive €20,000. The sum of €4,250 will go to each of the Tidy Towns groups in Ash­ford, Avoca, Bal­ly­coog, Bless­ing­ton, Cool­boy, Del­gany, Donard, Dunlavin, Glenealy, Grange­con, Hol­ly­wood, Kil­te­gan, Knock­ananna, Lacken, Laragh and Glen­dalough, New­cas­tle, New­town­moun­tkennedy, Rath­dan­gan, Rath­drum, Round­wood, Shil­le­lagh, Strat­ford-onSlaney and Ti­na­hely.

Other sig­nif­i­cant al­lo­ca­tions in the county in­clude €17,987 to the El­gin Heights Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion to up­grade the play­ground; €12,645 to the Imaal Hall Com­pany Ltd to re­place light­ing and var­nish floors; €10,000 to Old Coolat­tine Coun­try Ltd for IT and the in­stal­la­tion of CCTV in the play­ground; and €9,182 to Sig­nal Arts Cen­tre for equip­ment and to pro­vide train­ing.

New­cas­tle Com­mu­nity Cen­tre has been granted €20,000 to re­fur­bish the build­ing and a fur­ther €1,000 for CCTV.

An­other big win­ner is the cam­paign to se­cure a new res­cue boat for the Bless­ing­ton Lakes, which has been al­lo­cated €15,000.

The re­main­ing groups through­out the county that re­ceived fund­ing are: Aghowle Grave­yard Restora­tion Com­mit­tee (€1,000 to erect signs and keep ac­cess open and safe); An­namoe Com­mu­nity (€5,120 for a de­fib­ril­la­tor, sig­nage and pic­nic benches); Ark­low Box­ing Club (€1,000 to resur­face the car park); Ark­low Cat Res­cue (€2,000 to fit out a cov­ered fenced out­door area to rear of prop­erty); Ark­low Coast Guard (€1,000 for at­work for two signs): Ark­low Geraldines Bal­ly­money GAA Club (€500 for IT equip­ment); Ark­low Rac­ing Pi­geon Club (€1,000 to dry line and in­su­late in­te­rior walls); Ark­low Rocks Par­nells Hurl­ing and Camogie Club (€1,000 to de­velop the train­ing pitch); Ark­low Sea Scouts (€1,000 to in­stall a fire es­cape); Ash­ford De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion Ltd (€2,000 for au­dio visual equip­ment); Aughrim Par­ish Pas­toral Coun­cil (€1,000 for a mower, hedge trim­mer and safety hel­met and vi­sor); Avoca Men’s Shed/Avoca Com­mu­nity Cen­tre (€1,500 to help pro­vide fa­cil­i­ties for cook­ery lessons, wood­work train­ing skills and im­prove elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances); Avoca Men’s Shed/ Old Rail­way Build­ing (€1,200 for wheel­chair ac­cess for vis­i­tors); Bal­li­na­cor Com­mu­nity Pro­ject (€1,000 for a gen­er­a­tor); Balt­in­glass Mens Shed (€3,949 for a door, elec­tric­ity and hand­basin); BAP work­ing in con­junc­tion with the WHAD res­i­dents groups (€1,000 for com­mu­nity im­prove­ments and streetscap­ing); BBH-Hil­lview Com­mu­nity Cen­tre (€1,000 for equip­ment and cos­tumes for dance/singing class); Bearna Chle Par­ents As­so­ci­a­tion (€1,000 for a de­fib­ril­la­tor); Coolkenno Sports Field De­vel­op­ment Group (€2,250 for com­puter equip­ment); Eire Og Grey­stones Ladies’ Foot­ball and Camogie Club (€1,000 for se­cu­rity for the club premises and sur­rounds); En­niskerry Box­ing Club (€1,000 for a desk­top com­puter and mon­i­tor); Foroige the Way Pro­ject (€899 for a video cam­era); Glen of Imaal Wick­low-Ir­ish Red Cross Moun­tain Res­cue Team (€1,000 for train­ing the team trea­surer and deputy trea­surer on SAGE50c); Grey­stones Men’s Shed (€1,000 to up­grade fa­cil­i­ties with heat­ing); Hill­side Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion (€1,000 for a de­fib­ril­la­tor); Kil­coole Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion (€1,000 for a shed); Kiri­kee Up­per Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion (€1,000 to re­place/ re­pair fence); Kiri­kee Vil­lage Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion (€1,000 to look af­ter green ar­eas); Lacken Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion (€1,000 for a printer, scan­ner and photo copier); Lis­col­man Grave­yard Com­mit­tee (€1,000 for the clean­ing of head­stones); Mill Road En­vi­ron­ment as­so­ci­a­tion (€3,000 for a ride-on-mower); Pol­ish Ir­ish Ed­u­ca­tional As­so­ci­a­tion (€1,000 for a com­puter and cam­era); Rath­dan­gan Com­mu­nity Coun­cil (€1,000 for a cof­fee ma­chine and re­vamp of the Vil­lage Pantry café); Rath­new Com­mu­nity Cen­tre (€1,185 to­wards com­puter cour­ses); Shil­le­lagh Com­mu­nity First Re­spon­ders (€1,000 for emer­gency equip­ment); St Saviours NS Par­ents As­so­ci­a­tion (€1,000 for a sen­sory gar­den); Wick­low So­ci­ety of Pre­ven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals (€1,000 for a power washer and sig­nage); Wick­low Ten­nis Club (€3,500 for safety pad­ding); Wick­low Trav­ellers Group (€3,083 for up­grades/ im­prove­ments to cen­tre); Wild­cats Foroige Club (€780 for a video cam­era).

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