Senator Pat Casey was delighted with the recent allocation of funds which will positively impact over 160 projects in the Wicklow area.
Speaking on the allocations Pat said: “I am delighted to welcome the announcement of the allocation of nearly € 308,834 for 160 local projects across County Wicklow today through the Department’s Community Support Fund. This funding is a part of our commitment to ‘Our Rural Future’, which aims to support locally led, ground-up projects in communities throughout Wicklow. Its primary focus is to provide a helping hand to our local groups and clubs by covering their energy costs, including electricity bills, insurance expenses, and other overheads.
Although these grants may be modest in size, their impact can be substantial. They serve as a catalyst for local community organizations to carry out much-needed work in their respective areas. I want to express my utmost appreciation for the remarkable efforts of volunteers in communities across the country, whether they are part of the local Parish Hall Committee, the Development Association, or the local Senior Citizens Group. These dedicated committees work tirelessly to ensure the continuity of essential services and organize remarkable local events that cater to people of all ages.
I am aware that this funding plays a crucial role in supporting these groups, particularly considering the current energy costs. We recognize the need for additional support to enable them to continue providing their invaluable services to the people in their areas. I extend my congratulations to the successful projects and express my heartfelt gratitude for the vital work they carry out in their local communities.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Wicklow County Council and the Local Community Development Committee for their invaluable assistance in administering this fund. Their collaboration has been instrumental in ensuring the effective distribution and utilization of the allocated resources. Together, we are creating stronger and more resilient communities that thrive on the dedication and commitment of local volunteers and organizations.”