Community Centre Investment Fund

PRESS RELEASE.

Registration now open for new Community Centre Investment Fund – Minister Humphreys.

  • All interested applicants must register online prior to application
  • Information sessions to be held on 18th May & 1st June 2022

 

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced registration is now open for a new €15 million capital fund for the upgrade and refurbishment of Community Centres.

 

All interested applicants must register online at gov.ie/CommunityCentresFund

 

Registration for the fund must be completed prior to submitting a formal application.

The formal application process will open on Tuesday 7th June and closes on Thursday 14th July 2022.

 

Information session for applicants

The Minister also announced that her Department will host online information sessions on: Wednesday 18th May 2:30 – 4pm and Wednesday 1st June 2:30 – 4pm.

 

These information sessions will provide guidance on the application process.

Applicants can also register to attend an information session at gov.ie/CommunityCentresFund.

 

 

Minister Humphreys said:

“Our local community centres & parish halls are the heart of our towns, villages & parishes. Many of them need improvement works and that is why I have put this new fund in place.  

 

“I am encouraging all community groups to look at this fund and think about how they can use it to improve their own local parish hall or community centre.  

 

“It’s vitally important for local groups and organisations to:

  1. Complete the online registration process

and 

2)Attend the information sessions and learn about the application process and criteria before submitting their formal application.

 

“Completing these 2 important steps will help to ensure your organisation is well placed to submit a strong application to this Fund”

 

 

Ends

 

Contact:

The Department of Rural and Community Development Press Office

01 7736843 / 087-1734633

[email protected]

 

Notes to editor:

  • The Community Centre Investment Fund will provide grants for larger projects, over €10,000 up to a maximum contribution of €300,000 towards capital costs.
  • Category 1: Small scale projects/improvements to facilities €10,000 – €25,000.
  • Category 2: Larger scale projects €25,001 to €100,000.
  • Category 3: Major projects €100,001 to €300,000.
  • Applications under Category 2 and 3 must include a minimum contribution of 5% of the total project costs from the applicants own funds.

Funding is available for capital works such as:

  • works to improve communal facilities such as kitchen and toilet facilities
  • energy retrofitting, new windows / doors / heating systems
  • upgrades to lighting systems and stage areas
  • works to address safety concerns, including as a result of fire safety audits
  • works to improve disability access
  • improvements to assist in providing additional or better services to the community such as Meals for the elderly and youth facilities
  • works to develop Community Centres as Social Hubs through the development of Community Cinemas, Youth Hubs and Community Libraries
  • essential maintenance works, repairs to roof, and so on

 

There will be a two-stage application process with applicants asked to register their organisation in advance of the formal application process going live.

  • Registration is now open and will remain open for duration of the application process, applicants must register as ‘users’ on the portal. The application process will open on Tuesday 7 June 2022.
  • The closing date for applications is Thursday 14 July 2022.
  • The department will be hosting online information events on the 18th May and 1st June 2022 to provide guidance in relation to the application process and details.

 

  • Fund guidelines and a sample application form are available to view at www.gov.ie/drcd

 

 

 

Kind Regards,

The Community Centres Investment Fund Team

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Ionad Chuimsiú Sóisialta agus Pobail

Social Inclusion and Communities Unit

An Roinn Forbartha Tuaithe agus Pobail

Department of Rural and Community Development

Oifigí an Rialtas, Béal an Átha, Co. Mhaigh Eo F26 E8N6

Government Offices, Ballina, Co Mayo F26 E8N6

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www.gov.ie

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