Southill 'Helping Hands' event will advise community groups on submitting effective applications for grant funding

  • Dept of Rural and Community Development

Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, today (Friday 10 May) announced that an event will take place in Southill, Limerick to provide information to community groups on how to submit effective applications for grant funding.

The free event forms part of the 'Helping Hands' initiative, a series of six regional events that will run from the end of April to the end of May. These events will provide information on how to submit applications for grant funding and are aimed at groups that have received little or no funding in the past.

The Southill event covers the Mid-West Region and will take place on the 23rd May in the Southill Area Centre, Limerick. 

Speaking about funding for rural communities Minister Ring said: “Recently I hosted a number of Rural Opportunity events around the country where I have met with community groups and seen first-hand how the funding they received has enabled them to deliver their successful projects. I recognise that the application process is often a daunting one for volunteers or other small organisations to negotiate.

“The 'Helping Hands' series of events, which kicked off in Ballina last month, is aimed at helping groups that may not have been that successful in getting grant funding in the past. Sometimes the groups that have good ideas, and need it most, don’t make applications or are unsuccessful when they do.

“My Department and the wider Government make many grants available to community groups. For example, in 2018 I made €510,601 available to communities in Limerick under the Community Enhancement Programme. This initiative will help to ensure that groups with good ideas get their fair share.”

The 'Helping Hands' events aim to provide hints and tips on how to make a better applications and how to identify local supports that community groups can draw upon. 

The events in each region are being run by the Department of Rural and Community Development with support from Pobal, the Local Authority, the Irish Local Development Network, and the Local Development Company/Companies. 

Registration details are available below and are also available here.

Upcoming 'Helping Hands' Events




Mid-West Region

23rd May

Southill Area Centre, Limerick. Click here to register

East Region

28th May

St Mary’s Youth & Community Centre, Tullamore, Co Offaly. Click here to register.

Dublin Region

30th May

Darndale Belcamp VC, Coolock, Dublin. Click here to register.

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