Over €3.9m for Kerry Projects Under 2024 Community Recognition Fund 

Minister for Education and Kerry T.D, Norma Foley welcomed funding of €3,946,095 under the Community Recognition Fund 2024 for Kerry County Council.

Minister for Education and Kerry T.D, Norma Foley, has welcomed €3,946,095 in funding for Kerry County Council under the Community Recognition Fund 2024.

The Community Recognition Fund was first introduced last year to recognise the huge efforts made by communities in welcoming and supporting people coming to Ireland.

Through the 2023 allocation, funding of €50 million was approved for some 900 projects in supporting cities, towns and villages nationwide that have welcomed people from Ukraine and other countries.

€50m for 2024 and 2025

Under today’s announcement, a further €50 million is being provided again to deliver projects over 2024 and 2025.

Local authorities, in collaboration with communities, will be funded to develop projects that will deliver long term benefits to those living in the areas selected.

Projects that will be funded include: Development or refurbishment of community or cultural facilities including play areas, walkways, parks, community/sensory gardens, allotments, and recreational areas; Development or refurbishment of local club and sports facilities; Enhancement to school/parish facilities which are open to use by all of the community after school hours;

Purchase of equipment for local clubs, festivals, community events and organisations and transport infrastructure such as community vehicles.

Opportunities for Towns and Villages

Minister Foley said that the Community Recognition Fund will give towns and villages across Kerry an opportunity to create a more inclusive and enjoyable environment for all.

“This is a very significant funding announcement by Government with over €3.9m being allocated to Kerry County Council and it builds on the €4. 4 million allocated to the county in 2023.

Diversity and Social Cohesion

“By investing in facilities and organisations that facilitate integration and community participation, we are building stronger communities that embrace diversity while promoting social cohesion.

“I know communities the length and breadth of the country have really stepped up to the plate in recent months in terms of welcoming families from Ukraine or those seeking asylum from other countries.

“This funding is about recognising the efforts and the generosity that so many communities have shown,” said Minister Foley.

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