Cork County Council has this week awarded nearly €450,000 to 31 community & voluntary groups in County Cork under the Community Grant Scheme 2011.
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 2011 Community Grant Scheme is as follows:
* Castletownroche GAA Club – Development of all weather pitch with associated flood lighting – €10,000
* Banteer Community Sportsfield – Provision of hurling wall & improvement works to existing pitch – €10,000
* Kilcorney Community Development Association – Provision of all weather pitch – €20,000
* Kilshannig Community Development Association – Refurbishment of community hall – €15,000
* Liscarrol Community Council – Refurbishment of community hall – €10,000
* Glenville Community Council – Development of walkway in the village – €25,000
* Donoughmore Community Centre LTD – Refurbishment of community hall – €20,000
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. 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”.