7 March 2019
By Elaine Murphy
Cork County Council is delighted to announce Phase 1 of a €3.5 million fund with €1.5 million set to be distributed to community groups from across the county.
Allocating €500,000 per annum over 7 years, Cork County Council has established the Community Development Initiative to fund local community development projects, with support ranging from €1,000 to €25,000 per project.
Cork County Council received 420 applications which were accessed and 55 from West Cork with a value of €500,000 were approved today by the Council’s West Cork Local Community Development Committee. The projects approved range from the refurbishment of community halls, the upgrading of walkways, equipment purchases such as tables, chairs and mowers, plus many more.
The Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy congratulated the successful groups while reiterating the Council’s commitment to community development, “I know firsthand how important community and voluntary groups are, not only are they an asset to their own communities but there are an asset for Cork. This fund highlights the support of Cork County Council while recognising the tremendous work and commitment given by all involved undertakings which improve the prosperity of both people and places.”
Chief Executive of Cork County Council Tim Lucey also highlighted how the Community Development Initiative was an example of the Council’s continuing commitment to local community collaboration, “Through our 3 Local Community Development Committees, we are dedicated to improve the range and quality of community based facilities which will assist in providing the very best quality of life offering to our citizens. Cork County Community Development Initiative offers groups who may not have access to some of our other sources of funding the opportunity to deliver their ambitions for their communities.”
Decisions on recommended allocation of funding for South Cork will be made on March 14th.