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Community funds released

Wednesday, 5th December, 2018 4:45pm

Cork County Council is to release €1.5 of a €3.5 million fund for local community development projects.

The fund, known as the Community Development Initiative, will ultimately comprise of €500,000 from Cork County Council’s own funds which will be put aside on a yearly basis over seven years from 2016-2022.

The grant is 100 per cent fully funded meaning that there is no requirement for match funding from any community group.

Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy, in welcoming the scheme reiterated the Council’s commitment to community development undertakings.

“I know first-hand how important community and voluntary groups are. Not only are they an asset to their own communities but there are an asset for Cork. This fund will give further recognition for the tremendous work and commitment given by all involved. I would encourage all groups to get their applications in.”

Chief Executive of Cork County Council Tim Lucey also welcomed the initiative saying that it is an example of the Council’s continuing dedication to local communities.

Mr Lucey said: “Through our three local development committees we are committed to improving the range and quality of community based facilities which will assist in providing the very best quality of life offering to our citizens. The Cork County Community Development Initiative in cooperation with the local development companies can be used to enhance facilities in communities or to kick-start, advance or complete their projects.”

The closing date for funding applications is 3pm on 14 December. Applicants will be notified if successful, in early March with a view to having all projects completed by 30 September 2019.

Completed applications can be returned to local municipal district offices in Mallow, Carrigrohane Road and Clonakilty. Applications can also be made online at yourcouncil.ie.

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