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22 09,2020

Galway County Public Participation Network is looking for members!

Join our Intercultural Forum Are you part of a new or minority community in County Galway? Would you like to support diverse communities and ensure that all voices are heard? Would you like to be part of a wide network of communities active in Galway?   Then join this new group set up to represent…
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22 09,2020

Galway Co PPN calls for a restriction on the sale of Wet Wipes in an open letter to Minister Ryan.

Aengus McMahon Photography   Sewage treatments systems are unable to breakdown wet wipes containing plastic. Research reveals that wet wipes are washing up on the shores of Galway bay in alarming quantities. Galway group urge Minister to ban wet wipes along with other single use plastics in 2021 legislation.   Galway County Public Participation Network…
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22 09,2020

Funding for social inclusion week available

Galway County Social Inclusion Week 2020 is 19th October – 25th October. The aim of Social Inclusion Week is to increase awareness and understanding of inclusion and diversity in County Galway. It is about highlighting the positive work that community and voluntary groups are doing to reduce social exclusion, social isolation and poverty. The theme this year…
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17 09,2020

Webinar: Applying to Register as a Charity

Invitation to attend Applying to be a Registered Charity webinar   What:        Applying to be a Registered Charity webinar When:       Wednesday September 30th 2020 Time:         12pm – 1pm The Charities Regulator invites you to attend our Applying to be a Registered Charity webinar for those who are in the process of registering a charity. These webinars have…
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11 09,2020

Calling all New Communities in Galway County

Are you a part of a New Community living in County Galway? If so we’d love to hear from you. The Galway County LCDC, Galway County PPN and Galway Rural Development Company have instructed Buheri Consult, a migrant founded and leading consulting firm, specialised in the area of diversity and inclusion, to consult with a…
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10 09,2020

September Newsletter out now!

Dear PPN Members,   The September edition of the Galway County PPN Newsletter is out now! Packed with info on funding, news and events, we are pleased to welcome two new members to the group of PPN representatives: Dr Nives Stack and Zoe Langsdale. In this edition we are also pleased to announce the winners…
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07 09,2020

Message from Covid-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support

Public Health Measures The special health measures that were in place in Kildare were lifted on the 31st August. We are, however, still experiencing some increases in the rate of COVID around the country. Advice and restrictions are continuously being reviewed with recommendations being made by NPHET and the Government. These measures aim to protect…
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04 09,2020

Calling community groups in the Galway East!

Are you and your local group and interested in finding out more about Biodiversity and how your group can make a difference in your local area? Galway Rural Developments (GRD) and Burrenbeo Trust are looking to recruit 6 community groups across South and East Galway to participate in a COMMUNITY BIODIVERSITY TRAINING AND AWARENESS PROGRAMME.…
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03 09,2020

Round 2 of the Community Enhancement Programme launched

Round 2 of the Community Enhancement Programme will provide capital grants towards the maintenance, improvement and upkeep of Community Centres and Community Buildings – similar expenditure on other community facilities will also be allowed.   Galway County LCDC has received an allocation of €159,940 under this national €5m fund and applications are now invited from…
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08 08,2020

AUGUST NEWSLETTER OUT NOW

Dear PPN Members,   Please find below the AUGUST version of our PPN Newsletter. We would like to draw your attention to the upcoming HERITAGE WEEK 2020 with lots of events around Galway! August also has several funding deadlines and this edition includes some Covid-19 updates. We hope you have a lovely Summer. Please read…
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08 08,2020

Community Enhancement Programme 2020

  Galway LCDC has been allocated €63,249 under the above programme and now invites applications in accordance with the criteria outlined in the Application Form and accompanying Guidelines, i.e. main priority of assisting Community & Voluntary Groups and non-profit Organisations to re-open safely in compliance with public health requirements, and additional priorities of developing and…
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31 07,2020

Info session on the Significant Water Management Issues consultation with Community Water Officer Conor Ruane

Dear PPN Members,     You are invited to an information event on the current consultation process on Significant Water Management Issues held Wednesday 5th August @7pm (please join the session using the link below).     We are delighted to announce that Conor Ruane, Community Water Officer with the Local Authority Water Programme will be providing us…
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29 07,2020

Heritage Council calls on children across the country to showcase local heritage through LEGO®

    The Heritage Council is calling on children across the country to put their imagination to good use this summer by using LEGO® bricks to recreate their favourite example of Irish built, natural or cultural heritage.   The competition is open to children aged between four and twelve years, with two age categories: 4-to-7-years,…
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28 07,2020

Ministers Humphreys and O’Gorman announce second tranche of COVID-19 Stability Funding

Press Release, 27 July 2020 €4.1 million support package to benefit 101 organisations Funding aimed at providing immediate assistance to community and voluntary groups, charities and social enterprises Cash injections for organisations that provide critical services to those most vulnerable in society Stability funding being released quickly with further tranches to be announced   Minister…
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28 07,2020

Minister McEntee and Minister O’Gorman announce 2020 LGBTI+ Community Services Funding Call

Press Release, 17 July 2020 Minister McEntee and Minister O’Gorman announce 2020 LGBTI+ Community Services Funding Call €700,000 will be made available to support community services for LGBTI+ people. Funding aims to promote inclusion, protect rights and to improve quality of life and wellbeing for LGBTI+ people in Ireland Grant scheme is open to applications…
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17 07,2020

Latest Newsletter Out Now!

Dear PPN Members, Please find below the latest version of our PPN Newsletter. We would like to draw your attention to the upcoming consultation event for PPN members and the open call for nomination to our Secretariat! We also refer to the Fundingpoint Newsletter with funding information- please note that the CLÁR Scheme deadline for…
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17 07,2020

Call for Applications: Intangible Cultural Heritage and Heritage Week 2020

Intangible Cultural Heritage and Heritage Week 2020:  Open Call for Applications to showcase Ireland’s Intangible Cultural Heritage   The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is launching an open call for applications to showcase elements of Ireland’s Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), for inclusion in the wide programme of projects as part of National Heritage…
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17 07,2020

Vitamin C: The positive effect of creativity on wellbeing in older people

  The Creative Ireland Programme in association with Healthy Ireland and the HSE Mental Health & Wellbeing Programme presents:   Vitamin C: The positive effect of creativity on wellbeing in older people   A webinar designed to explore the value of the Arts and Creativity in promoting Mental Health & Wellbeing among older people, Tuesday…
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13 07,2020

Minister Martin approves funding for Galway

Revised Cultural Programme to combine live and online performances and events   28 projects and over 350 artists to be supported Catherine Martin TD, Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht, today approved a revised cultural programme for Galway 2020, Ireland’s European Capital of Culture, ensuring that projects from the original winning…
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13 07,2020

Minister for State Calleary welcomes the Apprenticeship Scholarship Scheme announced by Údarás na Gaeltachta

  Government Chief Whip and Minister for State for the Gaeltacht, the Irish language and Sport, Dara Calleary T.D. has welcomed the Apprenticeship Scholarship Scheme announced by Údarás na Gaeltacht recently.   The scheme provides Gaeltacht applicants with the opportunity to learn a new skill/trade or upskill and obtain an apprenticeship qualification recognised by the…
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07 07,2020

Galway County PPN Newsletter 7 July 2020 & Funding point

Dear PPN Members, Please find below the latest edition of our Newsletter as well as a separate Newsletter with funding information issued in conjunction with the Wheel.ie. This edition introduces 3 of your PPN representatives and includes information on the next Culture Night to be held in September, the Peatlands Community Engagement Scheme as well…
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06 07,2020

2020-2021 call for the Peatlands Community Engagement Scheme now open

The Peatlands Community Engagement Scheme is now seeking in 2020 to encourage local communities, local groups, schools and other interested parties to engage with the Department in relation to the conservation and revitalisation of raised bog and blanket bog Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), Natural Heritage Areas (NHAs) and other peatland areas and promote public…
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29 06,2020

Guidence on getting back on track!

Dear PPN Members,   This information is issued as part of our #PPNConnect Project   We would like to draw your attention to several useful resources to help you and your group get back up and running again after Covid-19: Volunteer Ireland have developed a guide on ‘Returning to work safely‘  in consultation with the…
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28 06,2020

PPN Newsletter- Latest edition!

Dear PPN Members, Welcome to the latest edition of the Galway County PPN Newsletter. We hope you find the information, supports and online events useful. We would like to draw your attention to the free training programme called ‘Tuesday Trainings’ which kicks off this week- don’t forget to sign up! Stay informed, stay in touch…
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28 06,2020

Face coverings- HSE info campaign

Face Coverings Campaign Pack 19_June_2020   Stay Safe. Protect each other. Wear a face covering. Everyone in Ireland has helped to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We have worked together in difficult circumstances to save many lives. Now that our services and communities are re-opening, we all want to stay safe and keep protecting each…
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28 06,2020

County Development Plan Public Consultation

Dear Galway County PPN,   YOUR PPN REPS need you!!!!   Mark Green and Aodan mac Donncha, the PPN reps on the Planning and Environment SPC, are seeking your input to a current consultation process:   Have your say- take part in this Public Consultation!   Galway County Council commenced the preparation of the 2022-2028…
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26 06,2020

Minister Ring announces €13 million in funding for 24 projects across the country under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund

Press Release, 25 June 2020 The funding will support the development of regeneration projects in rural Ireland to enable them for delivery. To date, this Fund has now provided over €161 million for 134 projects across the country, worth a total of €229 million. The Fund is part of the Rural Development Investment programme which…
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26 06,2020

Minister Ring announces first tranche of COVID-19 Stability Scheme Funding

Press Release 26 June 2020 Fund designed to provide immediate support to Community and Voluntary Organisations, Charities and Social Enterprises 179 organisations to benefit from €10.5 million in supports   Mr Michael Ring, Minister of Rural Community Development, today announced the approval of €10.5M in funding under Tranche One of the COVID-19 Stability Fund for…
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26 06,2020

Planet Youth – Stepping up to Sexual Health webinar – 1st July at 8pm

Planet Youth are organising a Free Facebook Live Webinar for the parents of 6th class children on Wednesday 1 July @ 8pm. This webinar will provide information and support regarding positive sexual health.  It aims to help you gain the confidence to communicate effectively with your child around issues that can be tricky to discuss…
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22 06,2020

Minister Ring announces €2 million Community Enhancement Programme and urges communities to engage

CEP provides small grants to enhance facilities in urban and rural communities   Michael Ring TD, the Minister for Rural and Community Development, has today announced details of the 2020 Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) and highlighted the potential benefit of the Programme for local communities.   The CEP is funded by the Department of Rural…
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22 06,2020

Minister Stanton launches 2020 Communities Integration Fund

€500,000 available for local community projects in 2020   Applications are now open to community groups nationwide who wish to apply for grant funding under the Department of Justice and Equality Communities Integration Fund.   Minister of State with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration & Integration, David Stanton TD, today announced funding of €500,000 for…
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19 06,2020

Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme 2020- apply now.

  Galway County Council issues information and forms for the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme, 2020.   The objective of the Scheme is to provide funding for the development of new outdoor recreational infrastructure and for the necessary repair, enhancement or promotion of existing outdoor recreational infrastructure.   The scheme invests in the physical infrastructure that…
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19 06,2020

Galway County Council and PPN launch #InthisTogether Booklet with competitions

A chairde, For most of us, getting out and about is an essential part of our daily or weekly routine, however, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many older or vulnerable individuals have had to cocoon at home, and have had to rely on the many wonderful volunteers in their communities to bring them shopping and…
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19 06,2020

Cope Galway 2019 Annual Report Launch Invitation – Virtual Event

We invite you to join us on Monday 29 June for the virtual launch of our 2019 Annual Report. In 2019, COPE Galway worked with 1,622 individuals and families affected by homelessness. Our Domestic Abuse Service worked with 638 women and their children, and 724 older people received nutritional and social supports through our Senior…
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19 06,2020

Minister Ring seeks new applications for €1 billion Rural Regeneration and Development Fund

  The funding to be provided will focus on supporting economic recovery in rural Ireland and delivering sustainable regeneration in rural towns and villages. This call for applications for the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund is in addition to a €30 million package of integrated supports already announced by the Minister as part of his…
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19 06,2020

Minister Madigan announces funding for Small Scale Local Festivals and Summer Schools

Press Release, Thursday, 18 June 2020   The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, T.D., has today announced a funding allocation of €54,700 to support Small Scale Local Festivals and Summer Schools taking place around Ireland in 2020.   The Scheme is designed to assist local cultural events which may not be…
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15 06,2020

Galway County PPN Newsletter 15 June 2020

Dear PPN Members, Welcome to the latest edition of the Galway County PPN Newsletter. We are delighted to announce our training series for the year which we have branded, ‘Tuesday Trainings’. Based on the training survey that we sent out in May- we have listened to your feedback and organised sessions that address the 5…
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15 06,2020

PPN Training for Community Groups

‘Tuesday Trainings’ Poster 24 June 2020 The Galway Public Participation Network is delighted to announce the launch of its Tuesday Training series. Over the next few months we will be hosting a series of experts in the field of communication, cyber security and fundraising to help support the work of you and your groups. Please…
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13 06,2020

Public Consultation Forum for Tuam Regeneration – Expressions of Interest

  Galway County Council are in the process of producing a Regeneration Masterplan for Tuam Town and would like to invite expressions of interest for membership of the Tuam Regeneration Forum.   The first Public Consultation event was a drop-in session held at the Tuam Area Office on 10th March, however, due to Covid 19 restrictions,…
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12 06,2020

2020 Town and Village Renewal Scheme Co. Galway

   Expression of Interests Sought   In 2020, the Rural Development Investment Programme, including the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, is being tailored to address the emerging challenges associated with COVID-19, including a new Accelerated Measure.   Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now sought by Galway County Council, from Business Representative Groups, Community and Voluntary…
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12 06,2020

New Online Graveyard Resources for County Galway

Care, Recording and Conservation of the Graveyards of the County of Galway   Galway County Council in partnership with Galway Rural Development has embarked on the development of online resources for individuals and communities who wish to record the memorials and heritage of their local graveyards. In addition to this it also highlights some of…
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12 06,2020

Minister of State Kyne welcomes Campaí Cúla4

Press Release, 12 June 2020   Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands Senator Seán Kyne, today welcomed the announcement from TG4 that the television series Campaí Cúla4 will be broadcast 5 days a week for a period of 5 weeks by the station. The series – which will be aimed…
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12 06,2020

CLÁR 2020

Applications now sought for CLÁR 2020. CLÁR (Ceantair Laga Ard-Riachtanais) is a targeted investment programme for rural areas that aims to provide funding for small infrastructural projects in areas that experience disadvantage. The aim of CLÁR is to support the sustainable development of identified CLÁR areas with the aim of attracting people to live and…
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12 06,2020

Fadó Fadó, Life Long Ago

Take part in the great gathering of photographs from Ireland’s past.   We are appealing to people during COVID-19 to contribute to an online repository of photographs, films and stories that reflect the social, economic, educational, religious and cultural life in Galway and Ireland in days gone by. Known as the BEO (Irish for ‘alive’)…
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11 06,2020

Wonderful Cruinniú na nÓg events happening across Galway County!

Cruinniú na nÓg is a special day celebrating creativity for children and young people with a host of events created for young people across the country on Saturday the 13th June. Galway County Council Creative Ireland team invite you to join in the celebrations with some wonderfully innovative events and workshop happening online this year…
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10 06,2020

#PPNConnect collection of online resources and trainings

Dear Members, In May 2020, we asked you to complete a sort survey to assess the current training needs across PPN Membership. Based on the survey response we have prepared a Training needs report (access the report here) from which we will tailor our training programme. As there was a broad range of training needs…
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10 06,2020

Historic Structures Fund and Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2020

Press Release, Wednesday, 10 June, 2020     Minister Madigan announces over €4.3m in funding for 449 projects across the country   The Minister for Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, TD, today announced that 449 heritage projects across every county in the country will benefit from a combined sum of over €4.3m under this…
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10 06,2020

Minister Madigan encourages young people to get creative for an online Cruinniú na nÓg 2020

Press Release, Tuesday, 9 June, 2020    Already over 460 free online activities, events and broadcasts have been confirmed for Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 Minister pays tribute to RTÉ and local authority culture teams for supporting delivery of Cruinniú 2020 Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 is part of the Government’s #InThisTogether campaign   Saturday 13th June…
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08 06,2020

€600,000 is to be provided to Údarás na Gaeltachta to deliver the Trading Online Voucher Scheme in Gaeltacht areas

Government Press Release, 8 June 2020   The Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Senator Seán Kyne has welcomed the announcement that €600,000 is to be provided to Údarás na Gaeltachta to deliver the Trading Online Voucher Scheme in Gaeltacht areas.   Earlier today, Minister…
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08 06,2020

Stress Control- free online programme to help you reduce stress

The Stress Control on-line programme will run for a third time starting today Monday June 8th and each session will again be repeated 4 times over 2 days.   See course schedule below.   To date over 10,000 people from Ireland have participated in the two courses in April and May. Feedback from the public,…
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