€145k for locals projects with over a third for women's groups

Minister encourages groups to apply for funding.

Just over €145,000 has been allocated to Cavan to provide capital supports for the many small community groups and organisations, particularly those who serve disadvantaged areas in rural and urban areas.

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, and Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities, Joe O’Brien, today (Wednesday, December 6) announced €6 million in capital funding under the 'Department of Rural and Community Development Local Enhancement Programme 2024'.

Cavan has been allocated €145,100.68, of which €24,183.45 has been specifically ring-fenced to support the work being done by Women’s Sheds, groups and networks.

Through the funding there will be a particular focus on small capital works/improvements, and the purchase of equipment for community use. The funding may be used, but is not limited to; improved access for persons with a disability; enhancing community participation for disadvantaged and marginalised groups, and improving energy efficiency of community facilities to reduce ongoing costs.

The scheme is designed to ensure local priorities are identified and met, so as to improve and enhance community facilities for all.

Announcing the funding, Minister Humphreys said: “These grants may be small in nature. But I know they will go a long way in helping thousands of great community organisations and clubs the length and breadth of Ireland.”

Encouraging all interested groups to get in touch with their Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) that administers the fund in their area, she added: “I am delighted to also to announce that I have reserved €1 million of this fund for Women’s Groups.

“This is in recognition of the fact that there is a growing number of Women’s Sheds, groups and networks across the country. So my message today is if you are part of a Women’s Group, please get in touch with your Local Community Development Committee in your area and apply for this funding.”