Deirdre O'Kane of the Comic Relief in Ireland Steering Group with Minister of State Joe O'Brien as Denise Charlton, Chief Executive of The Community Foundation for Ireland and Dee Forbes, Director General of RTÉ, watch on at the announcement of €52,000 in RTÉ Does Comic Relief Grants for Longford Picture: Naoise Culhane
Longford community and voluntary groups are receiving €52,000 in funding from money raised during RTÉ Does Comic Relief in a major round of grants to support under-pressure lifeline services.
The money is being distributed through The Community Foundation for Ireland which has provided over €60 million to communities during the past 20-years.
Projects supported range from mental health and awareness for services for people of all ages through Family Resources and other care in the community initiaitives. In total services in Longford will be receiving nine grants.
Longford Grants –
(note some organisations have been awarded separate grants under different categories and are listed for each grant individually)
Bridgeways Family Resource Centre €2,263.95
Midlands Polish Community €2,922.00
Longford School of Rock €2,856.75
Longford Womens Link €10,000.00
Longford Womens Link €5,000.00
St. Christophers Services CLG €20,000.00
Co Longford Social Services CLg €3,000.00
Rath Mhuire & Dolmen Community Services Ltd €1,602.40
Lus na Gréine Family Resource Centre Ltd €5,000.00
Announcing the grants Denise Charlton, Chief Executive of The Community Foundation for Ireland said:
“Today we recognise the groups who have provided protection, support and in many cases a lifeline to people throughout Longford during 2020. The money is the result of the huge generosity of TV viewers, private and corporate donations as well as match funding from Government.
"All elements of this partnership came together to make this a truly unique event in a time like none of us have had to face before.
"The grants will be used by communities in Longford to ensure that over-stretched services can continue through newly purchased technology, both hardware and software and supports to ensure their vital work can be carried out safely. Some projects have been fortunate enough to receive grants for differing areas of their work.”
Deirdre O'Kane, Steering Group, Comic Relief in Ireland, added "It's wonderful to be at the point whereby the funds raised will now have a tangible positive impact on communities, groups and charities across the country. It's been an incredibly tough year for so many and we hope that these funds will now help to ease some of the burden."
Minister of State for Community Development and Charities, Joe O’Brien in welcoming the funding said “the grants allocated through RTE Does Comic Relief have been made possible through the generosity of viewers, and donors, which the Government has also strongly supported. I congratulate the Community Foundation for their immense efforts in administering the funds. The range of organisations and people being supported is vital to assisting communities during these unprecedented times."