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€149,690 funding for communities in Tipperary – Mary Newman Julian

Some €149,690 has been allocated to Tipperary in the first tranche of the 2019 Community Enhancement Programme, a Fine Gael Candidate has said.

Mary Newman Julian said: “This programme was a great success last year and I am delighted that Tipperary will benefit from it again this week. The total allocation nationwide is €4.5 million and it is good to see the funds evenly distributed across all counties.

“The community enhancement programme (CEP) gives funding to community groups across Tipperary to improve facilities in disadvantaged areas. The CEP replaces and builds on two previous schemes (the Communities Facilities Scheme and RAPID Scheme)

Some funding will be ring-fenced for smaller projects, from lawnmowers and IT equipment to minor renovations to buildings. Previously the grants awarded for smaller projects were €1,000 or less.

“The programme also provides funding towards larger projects in disadvantaged areas. This allows it to be flexible and to respond to what is needed locally. Previously the grants awarded in this category were for €5,000 or less.

“Typical enhancements under the programme could include the purchase of equipment or materials, improvements to town parks and common areas and spaces, CCTV equipment and energy efficiency type projects,” Newman Julian said.

RAPID areas are Carrick-on-Suir, Tipperary and the following areas in Clonmel; Heywood Close, Colleens Close, Elm Park and Wilderness /Carrigeen/Oakland Drive.

There has also been scope for grant aid for capital projects outside of the RAPID/CAP areas under the Thematic Grants Category in particular in relation to projects that target isolation & loneliness and promote the building of cohesive communities.

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, said: “The CEP was launched for the first time in 2018 and I approved funding of 12.5 million euro for over 3,000 projects across the country.

“The funding is administered locally by Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) across the country, with support from their Local Authority. Applications for funding can be made to the relevant LCDC.”

When evaluating applications, Tipperary LCDC retain a list of unsuccessful projects which could be funded if additional funding becomes available from the Department later in the year.

The Application Form and a Scheme Guidelines Document will be available shortly on Tipperary County Council's website.