Cork County Council has today awarded nearly €450,000 to 29 community & voluntary groups in Couunty Cork under the Community Grant Scheme 2010.
The grants have been allocated to a variety of community and voluntary groups who wish to undertake infrastructural projects costing over €60,000 to improve the range and quality of facilities such as community halls, sporting facilities and other such public, social & recreational facilities.
Welcoming the announcement, Cllr. John Paul O’ Shea (Ind) said “The commitment of Cork County Council to financially support these deserving projects is indeed a very welcome announcement for community groups within the county. This funding will undoubtedly benefit the many community and voluntary organisations who have worked extremely hard in recent months planning for such large infrastructural developments in their respective communities. I have consistently raised the importance of allocating funding to communities through the Community Grant Scheme and other such schemes since my election and assisting communities to further develop their facilities is, and continues to be, one of my top priorities as a public representative in North Cork”.
Some of the projects allocated financial assistance in the 2010 Community Grant Scheme is as follows:
* Lyre Community Culture Sport and Leisure Association – Build of a new Community Hall – €20,000
* Cullen Pipe Band – Build of band practice facility – €20,000
* Charleville GAA\CBS Sportshall – Construction of new indoor sports Arena and synthetic grass playing area – €25,000
* Castlemagner Community Hall Committee – Refurbishment of Community Hall – €15,000
* Millstreet Community Council – New Astroturf pitch with associated fencing – €15,000
* Kanturk & District Community Council LTD – Installation of CCTV system for Kanturk Town – €10,000
Cllr. O’ Shea added “I have already seen the fruits of this scheme in many parts of my own Electoral Area of Mallow as many of the recent refurbishments of comunity halls, creation of new sporting facilities and development of new tennis courts is as a direct result of financial assistance from the Community Grant Scheme. It is inspiring that Cork County Council remains in a position to provide financial assistance to support such a wide range of communities throughout the county. I will be urging Cork County Council to look ahead to 2011 with a positive view that community involvement is a key for us all to get through these tough economic times. 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 amenities and facilities and encourage people to get involved in their respective communities. The only way of doing this is by supporting financially our Community Grant Schemes accordingly”.