Community Facilities Scheme 2017 - Grant Application Process

On 10th March 2017 the Minister of State for Communities and the National Drugs Strategy Catherine Byrne TD, announced a new €2m Capital grants scheme for disadvantaged urban and rural areas.  The scheme will run initially from July 2017-December 2017 and is focused on providing small-scale capital grants to help grass roots community projects get underway or take the next step towards completion. The Scheme is being administered by the Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) along with the Full Council under the remit of the Local Authorities (LAs) on behalf of the Department.  The LCDCs will be responsible for targeting and allocating funding as they are ideally placed to identify the applications which most suitably address the Scheme's target groups and issues in each Local Authority administrative area.

Applications are now being invited for funding under this Scheme - closing date of 5pm on 30th June 2017.

Grants of up to €1,000 may be applied for by applicant groups. However it will depend on how many groups apply to the scheme, fulfilment of criteria etc, as to what amount of grant may be finally allocated to the group.

Click here for the Community Facilities Scheme Grant 2017 CFS Offaly 2017 Application Form.docx (size 132.6 KB)

Click here for the Community Facilities Scheme Grant 2017 CFS Offaly Application Guidelines.docx (size 52.8 KB)

Groups applying, if not already members of the Offaly Public Participation Network (PPN), can register for Offaly PPN membership at www.offalyppn.ie.

Under the scheme community and voluntary groups may apply for grants for capital projects which benefit the local community.  Applications should relate to at least one key target group and and at least one thematic area in order to be eligible for consideration. Applications should also adhere to the Offaly Local Economic & Community Plan 2016-2021. Please click here for the Offaly LECP.

Target groups and thematic areas:

  • Youth
  • Older people
  • Immigrants
  • Refugees
  • Travellers
  • Ex-prisoners and families of prisoners/ex-prisoners
  • Projects promoting cultural activity
  • Projects promoting equality
  • Community development projects
  • Projects promoting integration
  • Projects which are part of the Creative Ireland 2017-2022 initiative

For any queries please email: community@offalycoco.ie or telephone 05793 57401.