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The Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) provides funding to community groups across Ireland to enhance facilities in disadvantaged areas. The CEP is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and administered by the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) locally. This to make sure funding is targeted appropriately by addressing disadvantage in the areas that need it most.
The Department of Rural and Community Development has recommended that LCDCs ring-fence some funding to provide small capital grants of €1,000 or less. This is aimed at assisting small grassroots community projects to get off the ground. The programme can also fund or partially fund larger scale capital projects to address disadvantage.
Who is eligible to apply?
Any not-for-profit community or voluntary group can apply. Commercial organisations and individuals are not eligible for funding.
What projects are eligible for funding?
This funding is targeted towards enhancing community facilities for individuals and communities that are impacted by disadvantage (as identified in the local economic community plan).
The following are some examples of capital projects that could receive funding under the programme:
Development/renovation of community centres
Once off maintenance of premises. This does not include regular routine maintenance
Development of youth clubs or facilities
Development of sports/recreation facilities
Improvements to town parks and common areas and spaces
Public realm improvements
Development of play/recreation spaces
Energy efficiency type projects
Purchase of equipment
and many other capital projects
The funding covers capital projects only. In cases where both current and capital works are carried out together, only the capital element can be funded through this programme.
Closing date for completed applications is 5pm on 30th May, 2019
Read the GUIDELINES HERE
Find the APPLICATION FORM HERE