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22 07,2021

July Newsletter Out Now!

Dear Galway County PPN, We are delighted to share our latest PPN Newsletter with you! The PPN Newsletter, as always, is packed with info on events, funding and other news for community groups. If you would  like to include your news in the next Newsletter, please email your PPN Support Worker Mary: [email protected]   PPN Newsletter July 2021

08 07,2021

Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) Elections now open!

The purpose of the LCDC is to draw on the knowledge and experience of the public and private sectors to bring about a more joined-up approach to community development and deliver effective and efficient services to citizens, particularly those who are disadvantaged.       The initial term is 3 years, however, the PPN Representatives may…
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01 07,2021

Summer School Training for Community Groups

Trainings for Community Groups on GDPR, Charities Governance Code and Board Roles and Responsibilities About this event: The Galway County PPN are delighted to offer you their PPN Summer School training package which comprises: 3 online training sessions offered by experts form the Carmichael Centre, Dublin and 3 eLearning modules to completed individually at your own pace. The details: Session…
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22 06,2021

June Newsletter out now!!

Dear Galway County PPN, We are delighted to share our latest PPN Newsletter with you! The PPN Newsletter, as always, is packed with info on events, funding and other news for community groups. In this edition we welcome our new Galway Sports Partnership Committee Rep, Joseph Kelly. Also, in this edition we feature the winners of the Cathaoirleach’s Community…
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17 06,2021

Community Heroes honoured at Cathaoirleach’s Community Awards for 2020

In keeping with the “new normal”, community and voluntary groups, individual volunteers, the Chief Executive and Elected Members of Galway County Council, and a host of well-wishers, met via “Zoom” to celebrate community & voluntary activity during 2020, at an event hosted by the Cathaoirleach Cllr. James Charity and MC for the evening Mr. Keith…
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14 06,2021

HEALTHY IRELAND FUND (round 3)

Funding to improve cooking/kitchen equipment in community-owned facilities. Healthy Ireland is a government led initiative aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of everyone living in Ireland.   Galway County LCDC was successful in getting approval for a programme of work under Round 3 of the Healthy Ireland Fund, and one of these was under the theme…
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02 06,2021

Community Enhancement Programme 2021

Closing Date is 5.00 p.m. on Tuesday 22nd June 2021   Galway County Council through the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) invites applications for funding from Community and Voluntary “not for profit” Groups within the Galway County administrative area, for the Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) 2021.   The Community Enhancement Programme aims to provide funding…
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20 05,2021

1916 Bursary Fund is now open for applications

The 1916 Bursary Fund is now open for applications. Who can apply? The Bursaries are targeted at new entry students (entering first year) who are underrepresented in higher education and who are from one or more of the target groups that have low participation rates in higher education: What is the value of a 1916…
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18 05,2021

May Newsletter Out Now!!

Dear Galway County PPN, We are delighted to share our latest PPN Newsletter with you! The PPN Newsletter, as always, is packed with info on events, funding and other news for community groups. In this edition we welcome our new PPN Reps Nicola Johnston and Maria Heneghan. Don’t forget to nominate an individual or a group for the…
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11 05,2021

Bealtaine Festival 2021

The Bealtaine Festival is a month-long opportunity to inspire and celebrate creativity as we age and the theme for this year is “Bealtaine At Home”.   Galway County Council has organised a series of online events and a competition for the over 55’s across the County.  We are inviting our over 55’s around the County to…
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10 05,2021

COVID-19 Stability Fund 2021

Ministers Humphreys, McGrath and O’Brien launch €10m COVID-19 STABILITY FUND Applications have opened for a €10 million fund designed to support community and voluntary groups, charities and social enterprises, which have suffered as a result of the pandemic.  The Covid Stability Fund 2021 was launched jointly today by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather…
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10 05,2021

Ministers Humphreys and O’Brien announce €4.5 million to improve community facilities

Funding to support local groups to re-open their facilities post Covid-19 Small grants for repairs and renovations, new equipment and safety upgrades Community Enhancement Programme to focus on disadvantaged areas Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, and Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities, Joe O’Brien TD, have today…
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07 05,2021

Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2021

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced €15 million in funding to help revitalise rural towns and villages post Covid-19. The Town and Village Renewal Scheme is designed to breathe new life into rural communities – making them more attractive places to live, work, socialise and raise a family. Each…
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04 05,2021

2021 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme – Galway County Council invites Applications

Galway County Council now invites applications for the 2021 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme. Applicants/Groups are encouraged to review projects funded in previous years to get an understanding of the diverse types of projects eligible. Lists of projects funded previously are available at Gov.ie Selection of projects under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme for 2021 will be…
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30 04,2021

Nominations for the Galway County Cathaoirleach’s Community Awards Now Open

The Cathaoirleach Awards are an annual initiative to acknowledge the commitment of individuals and groups who participate in unpaid community and voluntary activities and the significant impact their actions have on quality of life in their communities. The Awards for 2020 are particularly important as we celebrate the many selfless volunteers who have supported our…
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29 04,2021

Thursday Trainings

Galway County PPN hosts Irvine Training for a series of bespoke workshops for members of the GALWAY COUNTY PUBLIC PARTICIPATION NETWORK About this Event FREE TRAINING FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS in COUNTY GALWAY Galway County PPN invites you to a series of Thursday Training events running from 29 April – 20 May 2021 each session from…
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29 04,2021

Community Work Training

‘Community Work for Non-Community Workers’ About this Event The Galway County PPN invites you to sign up and take part in this unique training run by Community Work Ireland (CWI). CWI is the national membership organisation that promotes and supports community work as a means of addressing poverty, social exclusion and inequality, promoting, protecting and advancing…
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16 04,2021

HSE invites people aged 65-69 to register for their COVID-19 AstraZeneca Vaccine

Over the coming weeks, about 180,000 people aged 65 to 69 will be asked to register for their COVID-19 vaccine on the HSE website. People in this group will be vaccinated at one of the HSE vaccination centres around the country using the AstraZeneca vaccine. Online registration will commence at 10am tomorrow, Thursday April 15th,…
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14 04,2021

PPN April Newsletter Out Now!!

We are delighted to share our latest PPN Newsletter with you along with the Fundingpoint Newsletter with almost 80 pages of funding info. The PPN Newsletter, as always, is packed with info on events, funding and other news for community groups. In this edition we are delighted to showcase the work by PPN member group, Caislean Raithin Residents’ Association. Aine O’Loughlin…
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29 03,2021

Our Rural Future: Government’s blueprint to transform rural Ireland

29th March 2021 Unprecedented opportunity for Rural Development post COVID-19 Major focus on attracting Remote Workers to rural communities Revitalising town centres, rural jobs, adventure tourism, green economy and island development central to new policy Broadband roll-out to bring new opportunities in areas like eHealth, remote learning, online trading and new technologies Five-year strategy will…
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29 03,2021

Our Rural Future – Minister Humphreys Op Ed

Op-Ed by Heather Humphreys TD – Minister for Social Protection, Rural and Community Development   This week, the Government published Our Rural Future – our new five year policy for rural Ireland. It comes on the back of one of the most difficult years in our country’s history. Covid-19 has changed the way we live,…
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29 03,2021

Covid-19 Relevant Information Portuguese version

For more information and assistance you can contact your Social Inclusion Liaison Officer, Ana Silvestre 087 601 9266. For all COVID-19 updates see https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/

29 03,2021

WORKSHOP: Preparing an Annual Report

You are invited to attend a free workshop on how to prepare an Annual Report   About this Event: This  workshop is for community organisations and is offered by Galway Volunteer Centre and the Carmichael Centre. The aim of the 2-hour workshop is to help participant prepare an effective Annual Report from the perspective of the Board Members, Directors, Trustees. This…
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29 03,2021

NDA Vocational Rehabilitation Survey 2021

The National Disability Authority (NDA) would like to consult with persons with acquired disability and or long term health conditions about supports for employment on their journey back to work.   Through the questions in this survey, the NDA would like to understand people’s views on what the NDA has called ‘An Individuals journey through…
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29 03,2021

Grow it Forward Campaign

The pandemic has seen a record number of people turn to growing their own food and discovering the joy and pride that brings. The process of seeing a seed turn into a seedling and eventually food you can eat is full of magic and no shortage of optimism. Grow it Forward is all about sharing…
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24 03,2021

Minister O’Brien welcomes the role of PPNs in the development of the next Climate Action Plan

Joe O’Brien TD, Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development with special responsibility for Community Development and Charities, has welcomed today’s launch of the Climate Action Plan Public Consultation. This process is being used to develop Ireland’s next Climate Action Plan and will support the update of the Climate Action Plan…
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18 03,2021

CLÁR Scheme 2021

CLÁR 2021 Announced. Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development  launched the 2021 CLÁR programme on Monday March 15th 2021. Please find the link to the Press Release HERE. Details of the various measures, including the relevant Scheme Outlines, are available on the DRCD Website HERE. Measure 1, 2 and 3(a) applications will only…
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16 03,2021

Minister Humphreys launches €5.5 million CLÁR 2021 programme

Minister Humphreys launches €5.5 million CLÁR 2021 programme 10% increase on 2020 funding New Innovation Measure to support communities to develop and test new project ideas & encourage outside the box thinking Community Gardens and Allotments also to be supported Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (Monday, March 15th) announced…
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15 03,2021

March Newsletter Out Now!!

Dear Galway County PPN, We are delighted to share our latest PPN Newsletter with you along with the Fundingpoint Newsletter with almost 80 pages of funding info. In this edition we welcome our latest secretariat member Carmel McGrath to her new role. The PPN Newsletter, as always, is packed with info on events, funding and other news for community groups. If…
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15 03,2021

Community Development Pilot Programme 2021

The aim of the 2021 Community Development Pilot Programme is to trial community development initiatives that address poverty, social exclusion and inequality, and promote human rights. The call invites expressions of interest from community development organisations working to address issues in areas such as racism (including Travellers and Roma), domestic or sexual violence, migration, gender,…
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16 02,2021

February Newsletter out now!

Dear Galway County PPN,   We are delighted to share our latest PPN Newsletter with you along with the Fundingpoint Newsletter with almost 80 pages of funding info. The PPN Newsletter, as always, is packed with info on events, funding and other news for community groups. In this edition we would particularly like to highlight the many…
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09 02,2021

Galway to Feature in New National Research with Older Worker

Galway has been selected as a location for a new study examining older workers in Ireland’s hospitality and retail sectors. The study, which is being conducted by researchers at UCD, will explore the experiences, opportunities and challenges faced by workers (women and men) aged 55 years and above who are living or working in the…
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26 01,2021

Funding Webinar

Galway County PPN and Galway County Council invite you to a free FUNDING WEBINAR. Learn more about current funding opportunities available through Galway County Council & the LEADER Programme AGENDA: Community Support Scheme – Economic stream (Ruth Mulhern, Tourism Officer & Brian Leonard, Atlantic Economic Corridor Officer) Community Support Scheme – Cultural stream (Sharon O’Grady, Arts Officer, Marie Mannion, Heritage Officer, &…
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25 01,2021

Tuam Mother and Baby Home Galway County Council Apology

Please find below a copy of the statement including apology by the Chief Executive (Interim), Mr. Kevin Kelly and Cathaoirleach of the County of Galway, Cllr. James Charity delivered at the January meeting of Galway County Council held on 25 Jan 2020. Statement including Apology by the CE and Cathaoirleach of Galway County Council in…
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20 01,2021

Appeal to the people of Galway to stay vigilant and halt the spread of COVID-19 in the community

JOINT APPEAL FROM THE CEOs OF GALWAY CITY & COUNTY COUNCILS, SAOLTA/HSE and AN GARDA SIOCHANA WAS ISSUED TODAY Due to a rapid increase in COVID-19 infection rates in Galway, the HSE has joined with An Garda Síochána and Local Government to app eal to the public to stay vigilant and halt the spread of…
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19 01,2021

Have your Say: Galway to Athlone Cycleway Public Consultation 2

Project Vision The vision for the project is to develop a world class trail, from Galway to Athlone, that will complete the Galway to Dublin route, which is of a scale and singularity that will allow Ireland to tap into the growing tourism market for cycling. It will be scenic, sustainable, be a strategic link,…
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14 01,2021

January PPN Newsletter Out now

Our January edition of the PPN Newsletter is out now! We draw your attention to our Fundraising and our mental health workshops taking place in January.  We also highlight the funding opportunities now available to community groups through the Community Support Scheme. Happy Reading! January Newsletter (1)_compressed (1)  

13 01,2021

COVID-19 EMERGENCY FUND

Closing Date is 5.00 p.m. on Friday 12th February 2021   Galway County Council through the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) invites applications under the 2nd round of the COVID-19 Emergency Fund from Community Groups / Organisations within the Galway County administrative area.   The Fund will provide grants to Community Groups to assist them: ·       To adapt their…
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13 01,2021

COMMUNITY SUPPORT SCHEMES 2021

Applications are invited from Community and Voluntary “not for profit” Groups for funding towards activities and events which benefit local communities throughout the county, and support sustainable economic, community and cultural development.  Guidelines – Community Support Scheme Guidelines 2021   Support Scheme for Economic Development: ·       Festivals and Participative Events: the aim of this category is to…
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13 01,2021

Galway County PPN Annual Report 2020

Dear PPN Members, we are delighted to present the County Galway PPN Annual report which depicts the work of the PPN in 2020. This report was officially presented to the PPN Plenary on 19 November 2020. Your feedback and comments are welcome. Read the report here: PPN Plenary Report_30 Nov

06 01,2021

Fundraising Workshop – Developing your fundraising plan for 2021

The last year has been a huge challenge for nonprofits of all sizes. Creating a clear fundraising plan is the key to your organisation surviving and thriving in these difficult times. This workshop will lead you through the process of building a fundraising plan that makes the best of your organisations strengths. It will include:…
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16 12,2020

Healthy Ireland at Your Library- Galway Public Libraries

Your local library is a community and cultural hub with exciting events and activities throughout the year.  Galway Public Library service has 29 branch libraries and a mobile library which travels throughout the county.  A schools’ library service supports over 230 primary schools in the county and city.   Your library membership enables you to…
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14 12,2020

PPN & GRETB provide ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’ workshops in January

The Galway County PPN and Community Education Service of GRETB are delighted to host a series of Mental Health and Well-being workshops for the community in January 2021. These workshops aim to promote positive mental health in Community Groups. Together with expert trainers from Mental Health Ireland, participants are invited to attend one of the…
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10 12,2020

December Newsletter Out now

The Galway Co PPN are delighted to share with you the December edition of the PPN Newsletter along with the latest Fundingpoint Newsletter. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!   Read the Newsletter here: December Newsletter 2020 Fundingpoint Newsletter: Fundingpoint – Galway PPN, Dec 2020 – Jan 2021…
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07 12,2020

Healthy Galway 21 Day Walking Challenge

Adults of all ages should be physically active at a moderate intensity for at least 30 minutes a day, five times a week, aiming for 150 minutes a week. Healthy Galway is challenging you to increase your daily step count and walking minutes as part of the Keep Well Campaign. During this time, it is…
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03 12,2020

€1.5 million available for heritage-led regeneration of towns in 2021

The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage and the Heritage Council continue support for Ireland’s Historic Towns. A total of €1.5 million has been allocated for the heritage-led regeneration of towns around the country. The funds, which will be released next year, will be particularly welcome by urban areas hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. The…
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27 11,2020

Keep Well Advice Booklet with Info for Older Adults launched!

The HSE and Galway County Council have launched a Keep Well during Covid-19 information booklet. This local initiative, aimed at older adults, is part of the Government Living Well During Covid Campaign. This originated from frontline clinicians in the HSE in consultation with Galway County Council about the affects that the pandemic is having on…
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27 11,2020

Be Winter Ready Campaign launch!

Government’s launched the 10th annual Be Winter Ready campaign yesterday morning. The Department of Defence would appreciate any help you can lend to the campaign through your social media channels by utilising the attached banner and support messaging below.   Additional messages were posted from the @EmergencyIE account following the official launch, which took place…
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25 11,2020

“KEEP WELL” Campaign launched for County Galway

The Community Response Forum, which is a partnership of public agencies, Community, Voluntary and Sporting Organisations in County Galway has launched a local “KEEP WELL” Campaign aimed at helping individuals and communities to mind their physical and mental health and wellbeing over the coming months.    In welcoming the campaign, Kevin Kelly, Chief Executive of Galway…
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19 11,2020

Minister O’Brien launches Public Participation Network 2019 Annual Report

Press Release from Department of Rural and Community Development (Published on 18 November 2020) Report shows 15,600 voluntary groups registered with the Public Participation Network in 2019 The Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities, Mr. Joe O’Brien TD, today (19th November 2020) launched the 2019 Annual Report of the Public Participation Networks. This is…
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