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O’Shea welcomes further €500,000 funding through Community Development Initiative

O’Shea welcomes further €500,000 funding through Community Development Initiative
Cork North West Fine Gael general election candidate, Councillor John Paul O’Shea, has welcomed significant funding for local community groups through Cork County Council’s Community Development Initiative. 
Following on from the recent announcement of funding for community groups across North Cork, the Council’s South Cork Local Community Development Committee has approved a further €500,000 for community groups, including several in Cork North West.
Allocating €500,000 per annum over seven years, Cork County Council has established the Community Development Initiative to fund local community development projects, with support ranging from €1,000 to €25,000 per project.
Cllr. O’Shea said: “Cork County Council received 420 applications – which shows the interest in the initiative – and 67 community groups from South Cork, several within the Cork North West constituency, have been approved funding. The projects approved range from the refurbishment of community halls, the upgrading of walkways, equipment purchases such as tables, chairs and mowers, plus many more.”
Among the successful applicants were:
• Ballincollig Hurling and Football Club – €10,000 for development of all-weather sporting facilities
• Ballinora and District Community Association – €15,000 for landscaping works at railway bridge
• St Barbara’s Girl Guide Unit – €1,700 for purchase of covered car trailer
• Ballyvourney/Ballymakeera Tidy Towns – €5,000 for landscaping works
• Castlelack Community Centre – €15,000 to refurbish community hall
• Clondrohid Community Hall – €15,000 to refurbish community hall
• Coachford Community Association – €5,000 to purchase equipment
• Croi na Laoi – €2,000 for feasibility study for community hall
• Donoughmore Community Centre CLG – €15,000 to refurbish dressing rooms and toilet facilities in the community hall
• Farran Youth Club – €2,000 to purchase projector, screen and surround sound system
• Inniscarra Community Centre – €15,000 to refurbish kitchen in Community Centre
• Kilmurry Historical & Archaeological Association Ltd – €3,000 to purchase equipment
• Kilmurry Novelty Group – €1,000 to purchase of chairs for hall
• Macroom Community Leisure Centre – €3,000 to purchase equipment for the gym
• Macroom Tidy Towns – €5,000 to clear a derelict site for use as a base for the Tidy Towns activities
• Naomh Aban GAA Club – €1,800 to purchase of a defibrillator
• Newcestown Tidy Villages and Development – €2,000 for Tidy Villages activities
• Rylane Boxing Club – €10,000 to refurbish the floor in Rylane Community Hall
• West Muskerry Athletics Club – €15,000 for lighting for running trail
Cllr. O’Shea added that the Community Development Initiative was an example of Cork County Council’s continuing commitment to local community collaboration and the work of its Local Community Development Committees, which are dedicated to improving the range and quality of community-based facilities which will assist in providing the very best quality of life offering to the public.