The Big Hello - National Community Weekend 2019

The Big Hello! is going to be a weekend of community celebration. The aim of the weekend is to encourage people to get to know their neighbours, by hosting or attending a Big Hello! event in their local area.


About The Big Hello - National Community Weekend

Last September, the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Mr Michael Ring TD, announced the launch of a National Community Event, to be held for the first time over the May Bank Holiday weekend 2019. Local communities are asked to come up with ideas for events in their areas. Events can be centred around food, sport, the environment or health and culture. 

The event is a celebration of the great spirit of community that exists across the country, and is an effort to help people who share communities to come together, get to know each other and deepen the sense of community in their area.

The Big Hello! events will take place over the May Bank Holiday weekend (4-6 May) 2019. The days will be getting longer and the summer will be just upon us.

The success of this initiative lies in having local communities coming together to plan events that will work best for their area. This celebration belongs to everyone. We don’t want to tell communities what they should do, events will be very much driven by communities. These could include themes around sport, history, baking, anything that will help neighbours to come together. It could be as simple as neighbours coming together for a cup of tea and a chat.

The event is a chance for people to foster a sense of helping each other by coming together, not just on that day, but all year round. It’s the chance for everyone to get know all members of their community, to reconnect with neighbours and have a celebration together that is open, inclusive and local.

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Who Can Apply?

Applications are welcome from Community and Voluntary Groups, Organisations and Residents’ Committees within Limerick. Application forms can be downloaded in the supporting documents below.

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Important Information

  • €10,000 in funding has been allocated to Limerick Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) / Local Authority area. It is intended that small grants of about €100-€400 per event will be available from the LCDCs. Organisers are encouraged to look within their community to see what resources/ talents are available to help bring the whole community together
  • Limerick LCDC is committed to equal funding distribution throughout the county
  • It is intended to have at least one Irish language event in each LCDC area
  • If you have any questions please contact  or 061 557365

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How will Applications be Assessed?

  • All applications will be individually assessed
  • Priority will be given to projects that reach out to those who are not already engaged in their communities; promoting accessibility; integration; social inclusion and environmental protection
  • Final decisions on all applications will be made by Limerick LCDC
  • Limerick LCDC expect to be able to notify applicants of the outcome of their application in the second week of April
  • If your group is successful in the application, payment will only be made after your community event has taken place. You will be required to send in a short report indicating that the event took place, how the event went (i.e. photographic evidence) and receipts for the full costs

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Who Can't Apply?

  • Individuals, commercial organisations and for-profit organisations
  • National organisations
  • Community organisations based outside County Limerick

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How to Apply

  • Ensure that you have read the guidelines carefully and that your project is eligible for funding
  • Tell us clearly what your event is about and how it will be a success
  • Answer all questions in the application form
  • Support is available from staff in Urban & Rural Community Development at Limerick City and County Council at 061 557365
  • Submit completed application form/s before 4pm Thursday 4th April 2019
  • Late applications will not be accepted

Application forms can be downloaded in the supporting documents below. 

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Acceptance of Grant Offer

  • Successful applicants must sign a Letter of Offer
  • Groups must keep proper records of expenditure to allow Limerick City and County Council to carry out an audit of their activities

Application forms can be downloaded in the supporting documents below. Completed application forms should be emailed to: or posted to:

Urban & Rural Community Development Section
Social Development Directorate
Limerick City and County Council
Corporate Headquarters
Merchant's Quay
Limerick V94 EH90

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 4pm Thursday 4th April 2019. 

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This service is provided by

Urban and Rural Community Development

Phone +353 61 556000
Limerick City and County Council, Merchant's Quay, Limerick V94 EH90