Bray Municipal District is excited to announce the launch of the Community Open Space Enhancement Scheme, initiative proposed by Cllr Rory O’Connor during a recent Bray budget meeting. This scheme aims to transform underutilized public spaces into vibrant community hubs, fostering pride and positive community engagement.
The Council has allocated a total budget of €21,000 for the scheme in 2023, which will be distributed among a maximum of 3 selected sites. The financial support funding available for each site is €7,000, with a requirement of match funding of 20% from Residents’ Associations.
Cllr Rory O’Connor stated, “This grant is an excellent opportunity for resident associations to come together and create something they can be truly proud of for their community. It allows them to maximize their space for the betterment of the community, promoting a sense of ownership and shared responsibility.”
He further highlighted the council’s commitment to expanding the scheme if the demand is high. “I firmly believe that if this grant sees high demand, as a council, we should explore avenues to expand its reach. By covering more community projects, we can have a significant impact at a grassroots level, empowering residents to actively shape their surroundings and contribute to the overall betterment of the community.”
The Community Open Space Enhancement Scheme invites Residents’ Associations within the Bray Municipal District to submit their applications for consideration. Projects may include biodiversity enhancement, planting initiatives, community gardens, seating areas, play areas, football fields, and spaces for intergenerational interaction.
To participate in the scheme and obtain further details, Residents’ Associations are encouraged to contact BrayMD@wicklowcoco.ie. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, June 9th, 2023.