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New Communities Facilities Capital Scheme applications welcomed

Sligo County Council is operating a new Communities Facilities Capital grant Scheme through the Local Community Development Committee in order to support community participation and involvement.

Under the scheme, community and voluntary groups may apply for small capital grant aid for capital projects which benefit the local community.

Communities Facilities Capital Grant Scheme

The Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government operates a communities facilities capital grant scheme through the Local Community Development Committees in order to support community participation and involvement. Under the scheme community and voluntary groups may apply for grants for capital projects which benefit the local community. Applications should relate to at least one key target group and thematic area in order to be eligible for consideration.

Target groups and thematic areas

    Older people
    Ex-prisoners and families of prisoners/ex-prisoners
    Projects promoting cultural activity
    Projects promoting equality
    Community development projects
    Projects promoting integration
    Projects which are part of the Creative Ireland 2017-2022 initiative

The scheme will run initially from July 2017-December 2017 and is focused on providing small-scale capital grants to help grass roots community projects get underway or take the next step towards completion.

The Scheme is being administered by the Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) along with the Municipal Districts under the remit of the Local Authorities (LAs) on behalf of the Department. 

The LCDCs will be responsible for targeting and allocating funding as they are ideally placed to identify the applications which most suitably address the Scheme's target groups and issues in each LA administrative area.

The aim of the Scheme is to enhance communities, address disadvantage and improve social cohesion at a local level by providing access to small-scale capital grants. It will operate in a complementary manner with other schemes or programmes being operated in communities, including in particular, the SICAP (Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme), a recast RAPID (Revitalising Areas by Planning, Investment and Development) and CLÁR (Ceantair Laga Árd Riachtanais) Programmes, adding value to those and other front-line schemes.

It will also seek to address some of the difficulties local community groups face in terms of accessing very often small scale levels of funding to match their own fundraising efforts, in order to get community projects off the ground.

The Scheme will offer grants up to a maximum of €1,000 per project.

Applications are now being invited for funding under this Scheme. Closing date for applications form is Friday 30 June 2017 at 4pm

Applications are to be returned by Post to:
Sligo Local Community Development Committee,
Community Facilities Capital Grant Scheme,
Community & Economic Development Section,
Sligo County Council,
City Hall,
Quay Street,

By Email to lcdc@sligococo.ie
(Please ensure applications submitted by e-mail are signed and scanned)

Application forms and Guidelines are available at www.sligococo.ie/grants