Offaly County Council is delighted to announce the approval of funding totaling €277,101 as approved by its Local and Community Development Committee (LCDC) on Thursday 10th March 2022. The funding was awarded to 136 community groups under the Community Activities Fund 2021.

This is a once-off Fund which supports community groups, particularly in disadvantaged areas, with either their Operating/Running Costs such as utility bills, insurance, etc., or capital costs of enhancing facilities or purchasing equipment. Priority has been given under this fund towards assisting community groups who have struggled with meeting their operating costs during the pandemic. The Fund was widely promoted to all community groups in the county who are registered with the Public Participation Network (PPN). There was a tremendous response to the Programme, with 144 applicants seeking funding. 

Cathaoirleach of Offaly County Council and Chair of Offaly LCDC, Councillor Declan Harvey, warmly welcomed the funding. He said “These grants will be of enormous benefit to a whole range of community groups across the county who have struggled to fundraise during the past two years of the Covid pandemic. This funding will help get them back on track.”

Chief Executive of Offaly County Council, Anna Marie Delaney, congratulated all of the successful applicants and thanked them for the outstanding work they do on a voluntary basis to enhance their communities and to keep vital community facilities open and available for the public. She also noted and welcomed the fact that over €65,500 of the funding was ring-fenced specifically for community playgrounds.

The Community Activities Fund (CAF) is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development.  Please see below link for a press release on the funding announcement by the Department on 11th April 2022.

gov.ie - Our Rural Future: Ministers Humphreys and O’Brien announce €277,101 for 136 local projects in Offaly under the Community Activities Fund 2021 (www.gov.ie)

A full list of the successful groups in receipt of Community Activities Fund grants is available on the Offaly County Council’s website at www.offaly.ie .

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