27 Jan 2022

Covid hit Longford community groups handed €260k State cash injection

Covid hit Longford community groups handed €260k State cash injection

Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities, Joe O’Brien TD and Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys

Longford community groups affected by the continued fallout from the pandemic have been given a €260,000 shot in the arm by the Government.

Approximately €264,769 out of a total State backed €9m fund has been ring-fenced to had pressed local bodies and voluntary run organisations across the county.

Rural and Community Development Minister Heather Humphreys, together with Junior Minister Joe O’Brien announced the overall seven figure investment package this morning.

"This funding is about giving a helping hand to our local groups and clubs, which have continued to serve their community during Covid-19," she said.

“These grants may be small in nature, but they help thousands of community organisations, clubs, men’s and women’s sheds, youth centres and parish halls."

It's envisaged the monies will provide the necessary means to allow groups to undertake repairs and purchase essential day to day equipment such as tables, chairs and other utilities.

The once-off fund will be allocated under the Department’s Community Enhancement Programme and will be administered locally by the Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs).

Fine Gael Senator Micheál Carrigy welcomed the news that Longford County Council is set to receive €264,769. 

He commented, "The Community Activities Fund will support groups, particularly in disadvantaged areas, with their running costs such as utility or insurance bills, as well as with improvements to their facilities. Groups will also be able to use the funding to carry out necessary repairs and to purchase equipment such as tables and chairs, tools and signage, laptops and printers, lawnmowers, canopies and training equipment."

Fine Gael Senator Micheál Carrigy and Rural and Community Development Minister Heather Humphreys

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