- Funding to support local groups to re-open their facilities post-Covid
- Small grants for repairs and renovations, new equipment and safety upgrades
Fianna Fáil TD for Clare Cathal Crowe has welcomed the allocation of €139,257 in funding to Clare County Council under the Community Enhancement Programme 2021.
This funding will provide grants from a few hundred euro up to €10,000 to assist in the re-opening of facilities such as community centres, men’s and women’s sheds, parish halls and youth centres.
It will allow for necessary renovations and repairs or to purchase equipment such as tables and chairs, tools and signage, laptops and printers, lawnmowers, canopies, training equipment and so on.
“Today’s announcement is all about injecting a bit of financial assistance into these local groups and clubs which are a lifeline to so many but due to Covid-19, were forced to close or wind down their usual operations,” said Deputy Crowe.
“Having visited the Ennis Men’s Shed on the Quin Road and met with some of the lads there in recent months, I know exactly how important these groups are to so many people around the county and indeed the country.
“Nothing in life comes free, of course, so many of these organisations will incur some reopening costs and this is where this funding will be a significant help.
“For some, it might be as simple as needing to upgrade furniture, for others it could be larger repairs or renovations, but without this funding, such work may be out of reach for many.
“For interested groups, they should contact the Clare Local Development Company that will be administering the funding and put together their case to get a slice of this scheme.”