Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Local Community Development Committee has announced that grant applications are being invited under the Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) Grants Programme 2018. The closing date for Applications is 5 p.m. on the 16th of January 2019.

The CEP is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and administered by the Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) in each Local Authority area.  The total funding allocated for the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown area is €361,092 with €253,000 having been allocated through the initial round of applications.   The remaining funding of approximately €108,000 will be allocated through this second call for applications. 

As far as possible, a minimum of 30% of the funding may be ring-fenced for projects costing up to €1,000 with the remaining funding being directed towards larger projects.  The maximum grant that may be allocated to any one project under this round is €25,000.

Applications are invited for funding for capital projects that target the relevant groups or issues in disadvantaged areas and seek to enhance communities in disadvantaged areas as identified in the dlr Local Economic and Community Plan 2016-2021. Applications should relate to strategic themes in the dlr Local Economic and Community Plan 2016-2021 in order to be eligible for consideration.

In line with the ethos of the Scheme, applications for capital funding for projects targeting the following (non-exhaustive) list of groups and issues, including complementarity with the dlr Local Economic and Community Plan, will receive priority:

  • Youth                                          
  • Older people
  • People with a disability
  • Immigrants
  • Refugees
  • Travellers
  • Ex-prisoners and families of prisoners/ex-prisoners
  • Projects promoting cultural activity
  • Projects promoting equality
  • Community development projects
  • Projects promoting integration
  • Projects which qualify under the Creative Ireland Programme 2017-2022 pillars

 This information with associated Application Form and Criteria can be viewed online here: https://www.dlrcoco.ie/en/community/community-funding-support/community-enhancement-programme

Applications are to be received by 5 p.m. on the 16th of January 2019.

A total of 1,118 groups across Ireland are celebrating the awarding of grants to fund physical activity for older people (over 50). The Go for Life National Grant Scheme from Age & Opportunity and Sport Ireland today announced grants totalling almost €300,000.

The aim of the grants is to improve the health and wellbeing of older people across the country by providing them with opportunities to engage in physical activity and sport. Groups benefitting this year include Men’s Sheds, ICA guilds, Active Retirement Groups, Local Sports Partnerships, Sports Clubs, Family Resources Centres and many others who provide older people with opportunities to get active.

Announcing the successful grantees at the Ballybough Community Centre, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin TD, said:

‘Over the last seventeen years the National Grant Scheme funding has supported and empowered thousands of groups of older people to get more active more often and the record number of applications this year shows the continued importance of the scheme for groups throughout the country. Programmes like Go for Life, funded by Sport Ireland, will help us reach the targets set out in the National Physical Activity Plan and approximately 30,000 people nationwide will take part in the activities funded by the grants. The success of this scheme shows what can be achieved with a small investment and the importance of funding sport and physical activity, at any age.’

Speaking at the launch, John Treacy, Chief Executive of Sport Ireland said:

"Sport Ireland is delighted to partner with Age & Opportunity’s Go for Life Programme to support participation among older people in recreational sport activities. One of the key strategic objectives of Sport Ireland is increasing participation and initiatives such as this are a great way of encouraging people to get out and get active regardless of age or fitness level. I want to congratulate and acknowledge the groups themselves, and our own national network of Local Sports Partnerships, who continue to provide opportunities for older people to participate in sport and physical activity”.

Karen Smyth, CEO of Age & Opportunity commented: “The benefits of sport and physical activity are numerous, from the obvious health benefits to the increasingly important social benefits of inclusion and relationship-building. The Go for Life Programme and the Grant Scheme are helping to get more older people more active, more often and we are delighted to be support local groups to engage in such a wide variety of activities, demonstrating the richness of the ageing experience nationwide.”

The Grant Scheme is part of Age & Opportunity’s Go for Life programme, funded by Sport Ireland and delivered nationally with the support of Local Sports Partnerships and the HSE. The goal of the grants scheme is to encourage older people to get involved in sport and physical activity in their communities and the funds allocated are used by groups to buy equipment, run sports events or to try new activities. The record number of applications shows the importance of the scheme for groups throughout the country

Over €5.5million has been awarded in almost 12,000 grants during its lifetime. This year saw a record number of applications and of grants awarded and the number of groups applying continues to grow since the launch of the National Grant Scheme in 2001.

Department of Transport Tourism and Sport Logo JPegShane Ross T.D., Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, and Brendan Griffin T.D. Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, today announced €56m in allocations under the 2017 round of the Sports Capital Programme (SCP) to over 1,700 different sporting projects. 

The SCP is the primary means of providing Government funding for capital projects to sport and community organisations at local, regional and national level. The 2017 round of the Programme closed for applications on the 24th February and by that date a record number of 2,320 applications were received.