This week €265,000 will be provided to disadvantaged communities in rural and urban areas in Co. Sligo and Co. Leitrim through the Community Enhancement Programme, Deputy Tony McLoughlin has said.
Typical enhancements under the Community Enhancement Programme could include the renovation of community centres, community amenities, improvements to town parks and common areas and spaces, CCTV equipment and energy efficiency projects.
Deputy Tony McLoughlin said, "This new scheme will provide funding to communities in order to enhance facilities in disadvantaged areas. Some of the funding is ring-fenced for smaller projects, from lawnmowers and IT equipment to minor renovations in buildings. It also provides funding to contribute to larger projects in disadvantaged areas. This programme helps support important work by communities across Sligo and Leitrim.
"Fine Gael is committed to ensuring that rural Ireland is supported, so that it can achieve its full potential across a wide-range of areas. The funding is provided to Sligo and Leitrim County Council’s and applications for funding can be made to the Local Community Development Committee who will decide on projects in a manner consistent with the Local Economic and Community Plan.”
Sligo will receive €134,084 and Leitrim will receive €129,223 in total.
The Community Enhancement Programme builds on and replaces the Communities Facilities Scheme and the RAPID programme that were launched last year by the Department.
The amalgamated scheme has been put in place following consultation with the 33 Local Community Development Committees across the country. An increased level of funding has been provided to each area.
Minister Ring said, “Last year both Co. Sligo and Co. Leitrim received €64,500 under the RAPID Scheme so today’s allocation represents a significant increase on 2017.”
The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday, July 30.