€1.2 million for community and sports projects in Cavan

Funding specifically aimed at communities that have welcomed families and citizens from Ukraine and other countries.

Funding of almost €1.2 million has been announced for community and sports projects in Co Cavan.

The funding for Cavan is part of a €50 million national investment announced by Minister for Rural and Community Development, local TD Heather Humphreys, under the Community Recognition Fund.

This major new initiative will see funding provided and specifically aimed at communities that have welcomed families and citizens from Ukraine and other countries.

Cavan County Council will now work with local communities with a focus on those have “really stepped up to the plate” in terms of providing accommodation, the Minister said.

Among the projects that will be supported under the fund include the refurbishment of local sports clubs and facilities, and the upgrade of community facilities such as play areas, walkways, parks and community gardens.

The funding can also be used to purchase of equipment to benefit local clubs, festivals, music and arts organisations, or enhance school or parish facilities that are open to the wider community after hours or on weekends.

Transport infrastructure such as community vehicles and bus shelters are also on the list.

The funding will be drawn down over 2023 and 2024 and the projects delivered by local authorities in conjunction with community organisations.

Announcing the funding, Minister Humphreys said: “We all know there are communities in Cavan that have really stepped up to the plate since Russia launched its brutal war in Ukraine.

“The funding now being made available will support communities in developing projects ranging from sports clubs, playgrounds and walkways, to community groups in areas such as arts, drama and music.

“What this is about is my Department wanting to reward communities that have gone above and beyond, opened their homes and facilities and welcomed families who have gone through desperate situations.

“So I would like to encourage communities in Cavan to engage directly with Cavan County Council in the coming weeks to ensure that high quality projects can be delivered, benefiting their towns and villages for years to come.”