Over €350,000 was provided to communities in rural and urban areas in Wicklow through the Community Enhancement Programme, supporting 75 projects, a Fine Gael Minister has said.
Minister Andrew Doyle said: “This Community Enhancement Programme provided funding to communities in to enhance facilities in disadvantaged areas. It was great to see the wide variety of local projects supported. This programme helps support important work by communities across Wicklow by allocating funding worth over €350,000 to 75 local projects.
“Examples of work funded locally includes Roundwood Tidy Towns, Rathnew Community Centre (Computer courses) , Rathdrum Tidy Towns, Old Coolattin Country LTD (CCTV in playground and IT) , Imaal Hall Company (replace lighting and varnish floors), Blessington Tidy towns, Baltinglass Mens Shed, Arklow Tidy Towns, Annamoe Community (Defibrillator and signage) Wicklow Tidy towns, Eire Og Ladies GFC (security for club premises) and Hollywood Tidy Towns.
“Fine Gael is committed to ensuring that rural Ireland is given the support it needs, so that it can achieve its full potential across a wide-range of areas.”
The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring said: “Having allocated over €12.5 million under the Community Enhancement Programme in 2018, I am delighted to be able to announce the more than 3,000 projects which are set to benefit from it.
“A relatively small amount of money can go a long way and this investment will greatly benefit local community projects throughout the country.
“The funding has been allocated in a way that takes deprivation levels into account and I am confident that those communities who need it most, whether in cities, towns or rural areas, will benefit.”
“ I would like to commend the local community groups across Wicklow for their ongoing dedication and determination to enhance our towns and villages”
The application process for the CEP is administered by Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) in each Local Authority area. There was an open application process when the CEP was originally launched in May.