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Community Enhancement Programme: 2020 fund for Community Centres and Community Buildings

On 10th of August Minister Joe O’Brien launched a €5m grant fund for Community Centres and Community Buildings. The press release showing the allocation to each Local Authority area is available on the following link, https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/2af76-minister-joe-obrien-announces-...

Tipperary has received an allocation within this budget of €188,971.

Minister O’Brien said: “This €5 million funding will provide capital grants to help improve community centres, and other community buildings and facilities. These important facilities operate at the heart of each community. They provide activities and services that help strengthen the bonds that tie communities together and they provide valuable services to the people in their area."
The fund is being made available under the Government’s July Stimulus package and is to be provided through the Community Enhancement Programme (CEP).

It is targeted at measures that seek to stimulate local economies, while enhancing facilities in disadvantaged areas. The fund will be administered by LCDCs in a manner consistent with previous iterations of the CEP.

The €5m funding is separate to the €2m funding under the 2020 Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) which was launched on 22nd June.

What projects are eligible for funding?
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.

Funding could fill in gaps in Local Authority funding and make particular projects viable or improve them. Funding could be applied to speed up and improve projects already identified i.e. those in planning stage or ready to implement.

The following provides a non-exhaustive list 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
 Community amenities
 Development of youth clubs or facilities
 Development of sports/recreation facilities
 Improvements to town parks and common areas and spaces
 Security Monitoring equipment
 Public realm improvements
 Streetscaping
 Development of play/recreation spaces
 Energy efficiency type projects
 Purchase of equipment
 Adaptations or equipment needed as a result of COVID-19

Target groups
This funding is targeted at measures that stimulate local economies, while enhancing community facilities for individuals and communities that are impacted by disadvantage as identified in the Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP).

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 4th of September.
Applications can be sent by post to
Tipperary County Council, Ballingarrane House, Cahir Road, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary E91 E183
Applications can by emailed to cep@tipperarycoco.ie

All grant group applicants must be a member of Tipperary PPN www.ppntipperary.ie and notification will issue by Tipperary PPN to all registered Community and Voluntary Organisations in Tipperary of this grant opportunity.