Cllr. Bobby O’Connell has, this evening, welcomed the allocation of €20,250.00 to various groups and organisations in Castleisland under Kerry County Council’s Community Support Fund.
Castleisland Chamber Alliance topped the ‘granted’ list with a total of €10,150 for a range of community projects on its books.
Patrick O’Keeffe’s 55th Anniversary
The Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival is to receive €2,000 for its promotion of the culture of the area and on the week which marks the 55th anniversary of the great man’s death on February 22nd 1963.
Our neighbours in Currow were granted €1,000 for Tidy Towns activity and Farranfore got €3,000 for similar projects.
Scart to get €2,250
Scartaglin is to get a total of €2,250 and that is between: Scartaglin Social Action, €500; World Fiddle Day Scartaglin, €1,000 and Handed Down Archive €750.
Fund in its Fourth Year
The Community Support Fund, which is now in its fourth year, has supported over 1,000 projects since 2015 to the value of almost €2 and a quarter million. All projects supported are geographically dispersed across the four Municipal Districts and reflect the economic and community needs of the County.
This year’s fund was re-focused to target funding under five categories of support to facilitate the award of a higher level of support to result in a more visible and positive impact on the local community.
The five categories included were: Building Sustainable Communities/Quality of Life; 1. Growing and Sustainable Communities; 2. Community Tidy Towns Initiatives and Amenity Projects; 3. Community Sport and Physical Activity programmes; B. Community Based Economic Development and Job Creation; 1. Community Economic Innovation; 2. Community Based Tourism, Festivals and Events.
Minimum Grants of €500
This year a minimum grant of €500 applies to all categories to attract projects which would have the potential to have a more visible and positive impact on the local community.
Similar to last year, it is intended that some of the Community Support Fund will be used to target strategic projects in Municipal Districts and that it will be used to co-fund projects which are in receipt of grants from other sources.
In 2017, almost €1million was leveraged from other grant sources such as Town and Village Renewal and the Outdoor Recreation Fund as a result of the strategic allocation of resources under the Community Support Fund.
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