– Online registration process now open
– Fine Gael wants to build stronger, safer communities
Community groups and organisations in Cork are invited to apply for a new round of funding for the upgrade and refurbishment of community centres, according to North Cork Fine Gael Councillor John Paul O’Shea.
Councillor O’Shea said: “Fine Gael wants to build stronger and safer communities by making our towns, villages and parishes across Cork better places to live, work, run a business and raise a family. Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced that registration is now open for a new €15 million capital fund for the upgrade and refurbishment of Community Centres. The Community Centre Investment Fund will provide grants of between €10,000 up to a maximum of €300,000”.
Funding is available for capital works such as improvements to communal facilities such as kitchen and toilet facilities, energy retrofitting, new windows / doors / heating systems, works to address safety concerns and works to improve disability access.
Cllr. O’Shea added “All interested applicants in Cork must register online at www.gov.ie/CommunityCentresFund. Registration for the fund must be completed prior to submitting a formal application. The formal application process will open on Tuesday 7th June and closes on Thursday 14th July 2022. Applicants can register to attend an information session at www.gov.ie/CommunityCentresFund. Completing these two important steps will help to ensure your organisation is well placed to submit a strong application to this Fund.”
Minister Humphreys said: “Our local community centres & parish halls are the heart of our towns, villages & parishes. Many of them need improvement works and that is why I have put this new fund in place. I am encouraging all community groups to look at this fund and think about how they can use it to improve their own local parish hall or community centre.”