Limerick City and County Council and Limerick Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) invite applications for funding under the Department of Rural and Community Development’s Community Enhancement Programme 2020.
On the 22nd June, the then Minister for Rural and Community Development, Mr. Michael Ring TD announced funding of some €2 million for the 2020 Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) with an allocation of €70,118 for Limerick.
The CEP is targeted on enhancing community facilities for individuals and communities that are impacted by disadvantage, in a manner consistent with Limerick’s Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP) 2016-2021. It provides support to local community and voluntary groups to deliver small-scale capital projects.
The Community Enhancement Programme was launched for the first time in 2018. In 2019, the CEP supported 53 projects in urban and rural areas across Limerick City and County.
What projects are eligible for funding?
The funding covers capital projects only. Examples include: small-scale renovations to community centres, community amenities, improvements to town parks, common areas and outdoor spaces, development of play / recreation spaces and adaptations or equipment needed as a result of COVID-19.
Limerick’s 2020 CEP funding is to be distributed under two measures. It will give priority to projects which engage with Tidy Towns and which focus on bio-diversity, access to outdoor and green space, enhancements to develop outdoor space / amenities and other adaptations that may be needed as a result of COVID-19. The measures are as follows:
- Measure 1 - At least 30% of the funding will be allocated to small scale capital grants of €1,000 or less
- Measure 2 - The balance of the funding will be allocated to capital grants in excess of €1,000 up to €5,000
All applications for funding under this programme will be reviewed and assessed to ensure consistency with the Limerick Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP).
In deciding the final allocations of funding to projects, the LCDC may take account of a number of factors including geographical balance, previous funding received by the applicant and the desirability to fund a variety of projects. The relative disadvantage of the area where the facility is located or the area it serves will form part of the decision process along with cross-reference being made to the HP (Hasse Pobal) Deprivation Index.
How to apply
All applicants must complete the application form. For further information and to download the application form, please see www.limerick.ie/council
Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 12 noon on Friday 21st August 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.