Funding totalling €323,000 was approved by Offaly Local and Community Development Committee (LCDC) on Thursday 11th October 2018. The funded was awarded to 115 community groups under the Community Enhancement Programme 2018. This included 106 community groups and 9 Men’s Shed’s.
Community Enhancement Programme
31 May 2018
Men’s Shed Fund
27 July 2018
Total Funding Granted
An Information Night was held on Monday 22nd October 2018 at Áras and Chontae, Tullamore attended by over 140 members of community groups from across the county.
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.
Cathaoirleach of Offaly County Council, Councillor Danny Owens, welcomed the funding which is being provided to vital services such as Acquired Brian Injury in Mountbolus, the Homefix Project in West & South Offaly, and the Shannonside Sub Aqua club in Banagher. He also remarked on the fact that the successful projects were incredibly wide ranging, from structural upgrade works and provision of equipment in community facilities, to provision of sports and playground equipment, Christmas lights, CCTV, environmental enhancements, Men’s Shed’s, Childcare, Foróige and Active Retirement groups. He urged all community groups in Offaly to devise plans for their areas and to use that plan to draw down additional funds to help their communities.
Cllr John Clendennen, Chairperson of the Offaly LCDC stated that the funding will be of enormous benefit to the many community groups across the county who have been successful this year. He also stated that there has never been so many government funding opportunities available in rural Ireland. In many cases the funding granted will enable the recipient to access even greater amounts of matched funding through applications to LEADER, Offaly Sports Partnership or other sources of funding. The funding will be used to make vital upgrades to community facilities and to get much needed equipment for community and sporting groups to attract additional members. Councillor Clendennen also welcomed the funding which is being provided to the nine Men’s Sheds in the county who are an invaluable resource where men can improve their skills and knowledge in a friendly sociable environment.
There was a tremendous response to the Programme, with 124 applicants seeking funding. This is the second year that this funding has been provided by the Department of Rural and Community Development. An innovative element of the funding this year was the inclusion of funding of €40,000 for two large scale projects. The LCDC awarded these grants to (1) Kinnitty Community Development Association to assist the development of a Trailhead into the heart of the village as part of the 35 kilometre Slieve Bloom Bike Trail, a flagship project for West Offaly which could attract 40,000 to 50,000 visitors annually to this scenic village and the locality; and (2) Saint Mary’s Youth & Community Centre in Tullamore to carry out major works to upgrade their community building to make it more comfortable and sustainable.
A full list of the successful groups in receipt of Community Enhancement Programme and Men’s Sheds funding is available here.