€10 million Fund to support parish halls and community centres with energy bills

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andrew.slevin • 21 November 2022

 

 

Ministers Humphreys and Joe O’Brien announce €10 million Fund to support parish halls and community centres with energy bills

  • New Community Support Fund to assist thousands of community groups across the country

 

  • Support available for Parish Halls, Community Centres, Local Development Associations, Social Clubs, ICA Groups, Senior Citizen Groups, Men’s Sheds, Women’s Sheds and more

 

  • Small grants to help groups with running costs and rising energy bills

 

  • Applications from groups supporting rural pursuits and activities welcome

 

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, and Minister of State, Joe O’Brien TD, have today announced a new €10 million fund to support thousands of local community & voluntary groups with their energy bills.

The Community Support Fund will provide small grants to a wide and diverse range of local community groups to assist with their running costs.

Funding will be available to support Parish Halls, Community Centres, Local Development Associations, Social Clubs, ICA Groups, Senior Citizen Groups, Men’s Sheds, Women’s Sheds and much more.

The new scheme has been devised to support groups with their energy costs who may not have been deemed eligible under previous Government schemes.

These include groups that operate from parish halls and who need support with running costs such as energy or insurance bills.

Groups can also use the funding to carry out small upgrade works and to purchase equipment to support their activities such as laptops and printers, lawnmowers, training equipment, etc.

Announcing the funding today, Minister Humphreys said:

“Like everybody else, community groups are not immune from rising prices. This new scheme is about supporting these groups with their costs whether it’s the electricity bill, insurance costs or other overheads.

“As Minister for Rural and Community Development, I fully appreciate the fantastic work carried out by volunteers in communities across the country whether it’s the local Parish Hall Committee, the Development Association or the local Senior Citizens Group.

“These local committees work hard to make sure they can keep the lights on and run fantastic local services and events for young and old to enjoy.

“In making this €10m Fund available today, I want to support these groups to make sure they can continue doing this great work on the ground in communities across the country. These will be small grants ranging from a few hundred euro to a few thousand euro but I know they will make a big difference to the groups involved

“The Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) will administer this fund on behalf of my Department at local level and I would encourage community groups interested in applying to contact their LCDC over the coming days at the contact numbers provided.”

Also announcing the funding today, Minister O’Brien said:

“In recognition of rising energy costs the Government announced a package of funding supports to business, cultural, health, sporting and C&V organisations in September. We know that many small organisations/groups particularly those who serve in disadvantaged areas may not be able to access these funds.

“These grants will help thousands of community organisations, clubs, men’s and women’s sheds, youth centres and parish halls, to continue to provide their valuable services to the people in their areas.”

The once-off fund will be allocated under the Department’s Community Enhancement Programme and will be administered locally by the Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs).

This funding builds on the Minster’s earlier announcement of the €10million Community and Voluntary Energy Support Scheme (CVESS).

The CVESS will provide once-off support to incorporated organisations and registered charities within the Community and Voluntary sector which fall outside the parameters of other energy support schemes being delivered by Government such as the Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS).

Further details can be found here.

This initiative forms part of a range of measures being undertaken by the department to support the community and voluntary sector, and to empower thriving, sustainable communities across Ireland. 

It also ties into the Reduce Your Use energy efficiency campaign where the government are asking people, where safe and possible to do so, to turn their thermostat down and consider when they use larger appliances.

Groups should contact their LCDC for further details of the fund. 

Contacts details for all LCDCs are as follows:

LCDC

Telephone Number

 
 

Carlow

059-9170300

 

Cavan

049-4378300

 

Clare

065-6821616

 

Cork City

021-4924000

 

Cork County

021-4276891

 

Donegal

074-9153900

 

Dublin City

01-2222222

 

Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown

01-2054700

 

Fingal

01-8905000

 

Galway City

091-536400

 

Galway County

091-509000

 

Kerry

066-7183500

 

Kildare

045-980200

 

Kilkenny

056-7794000

 

Laois

057-8664000

 

Leitrim

071-9620005

 

Limerick

061-556000

 

Longford

043-3343300

 

Louth

042-9335457

 

Mayo

094-9064000

 

Meath

046-9097000

 

Monaghan

047-30500

 

Offaly

057-9346800

 

Roscommon

090-6637100

 

Sligo

091-9111111

 

South Dublin

01-4149000

 

Tipperary

0818-06-5000

 

Waterford

0818-10-2020

 

Westmeath

044-9332000

 

Wexford

053-9196000

 

Wicklow

0404-20100

 

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Contact:

The Department of Rural and Community Development Press Office

01-773 6843 / 087-1734633

Press.office@drcd.gov.ie

Notes to editor: 

  • The funding has been allocated by providing a baseline amount to each area and allocating the remainder based on the population and disadvantage level in each local authority area.
  • The funding is administered on behalf of the Department of Rural and Community Development locally by Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) across the country, with support from their Local Authority. Applications for funding can be made to the relevant LCDC. Contact details for LCDCs are available here.
  • Community and Voluntary Organisations that are incorporated and/or are registered charities should check their eligibility for the Community and Voluntary Energy Support Scheme. Further details are available on the Pobal website.Pobal.ie

 

Funding for each Local Authority area

Local Authority area

Amount

Carlow

283,141

Cavan

285,126

Clare

301,325

Cork City

353,332

Cork County

362,678

Donegal

374,061

Dublin City

564,302

Dun Laoghaire

311,589

Fingal

341,875

Galway City

276,838

Galway County

316,244

Kerry

312,671

Kildare

332,848

Kilkenny

290,749

Laois

291,487

Leitrim

265,201

Limerick

350,592

Longford

276,585

Louth

323,952

Mayo

322,731

Meath

314,415

Monaghan

277,255

Offaly

298,782

Roscommon

279,884

Sligo

282,702

South Dublin

409,835

Tipperary

338,885

Waterford 

320,195

Westmeath

291,654

Wexford

340,233

Wicklow

308,834