Cork County Council has this week awarded over €33,500 to 22 community & voluntary groups throughout the Mallow area as part of its Amenity Grant Scheme 2011.
The grants have been given to a variety of groups including Tidy Towns Committees, Resident Associations, GAA Clubs, Community Councils, Youth Clubs, Development Associations and many sporting organisations.
Welcoming the allocations, Cllr. John Paul O’ Shea (Ind) said “the commitment of Cork County Council to allocate grants to these deserving communities is indeed a very positive move. This money will certainly benefit the many community and voluntary organisations in the Mallow area who have worked very hard all year long developing and enhancing their amenities”.
The Amenity Grant Scheme supports community and voluntary groups who wish to build or improve their existing facilities in their respective communities. The scheme can also be used for groups to purchase necessary equipment for their community facilities. Cllr. O’ Shea has continued to raise the importance of allocating funding to communities through the Amenity Grant Scheme since his election to cork County Council.
Some of the communities that have benefited from the 2011 Amenity Grant Scheme are as follows:
· Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland – €1,750
· Ballyclough Community Centre – €48
· Ballyclough Juvenile GAA Club – €53
· Buttevant Heritage Group – €355
· Bweeng Hall & Grounds Committee – €3,200
· Bweeng Village Renewal Committee – €3,020
· Clyda Rovers GAA Club – €800
· Doneraile Development Association – €3,020
· Doneraile Tidy Towns Association – €3,020
· Lombardstown Allotments Committee – €1,915
· Mallow Social Services Council – €250
· Mallow Tidy Towns Committee – €1,900
· Mourneabbey Res. Trust Community Council – €755
· Quartertown Resident Association – €250
· Sean Moylan Park residents Association – €590
· Shanballymore GAA Club – €3,150
· Thomas Davis Pipe Band – €500
· Twopothouse Development Association – €2,020
· Watergrasshill Hurling Club – €3,020
· Woodview Community Centre, Woodview Drive, Mallow – €2,775
Cllr. O’ Shea added “Even in these difficult economic times, it is heartening that Cork County Council remains in a position to provide financial assistance to support the wide range of amenities throughout the Mallow area. I have also received confirmation in recent days that Cork County Council will be continuing it support to community in voluntary groups in 2012 with a commitment from the County Manager, Mr. Martin O’ Riordan to continue to support these vibrant communities into the future”.
“Community involvement is a key for us all to get through these tough economic times and at a time where we see more and more people who are unfortunately unemployed and subsequently having more time on their hands, we need to maintain and develop our facilities and encourage people to get involved in their respective communities. One way of doing this is by supporting our communities financially through our Amenity Grant Scheme” concluded Cllr. O’ Shea.