This Community Grants Scheme is formulated to assist community groups in the Carrick-on-Suir Municipal District in meeting their running costs (current costs) and in finding new projects which create an asset for the community (capital costs). Projects assisted must assist in the achievement of Tipperary County Council’s objectives and goals. The scheme is funded from the Local Property Tax (LPT). The total fund for the scheme in 2020 is €50,000.
The groups that may be assisted include:
• Tidy towns committees
• Community committees
• Parish councils
• Sports, arts or heritage committees
• Burial ground committees
• Chambers of commerce or similar bodies.
This list is not a complete one. Groups will have to show that they are democratic in nature and community based. In practice, this means that the group’s constitution and the minutes of the most recent annual general meeting will have to be submitted.
Groups must also be members of the Public Participation Network, must be tax compliant, and generally must be compliant with any regulations relevant to their activities.
For running costs, the types of activity that will be assisted will include:
• Maintenance costs for landscaping and similar
• Maintenance costs for equipment
• Utility costs
• Insurance costs
The group must show that the activity is of benefit to the community. The grant assistance to be paid will be at the discretion of Tipperary County Council but will not in any case exceed 50% of the cost of the work being assisted.
Groups may use voluntary work to match funding for a project. In this case, the group must submit a timesheet signed by the person doing the work and countersigned by an officer of the group showing the dates and number of hours worked. Voluntary work will be priced at €14.00 per hour. However, the group must show invoices and receipts for at least the amount of the grant.
In relation to once off projects, the following may be assisted:
• Creation of amenity areas
• Creation of a community based service
• Monuments of historic, tourist, or community value
• Christmas lights
• Rehabilitation of derelict or near derelict areas in the designated centre of a settlement
• Project development costs for a major project to be funded by LEADER, RAPID, or similar scheme
Festivals and events are not funded under this scheme.
Tipperary County Council will not fund any project under this scheme that has already attracted funding from the County Council or from another tax payer funded body. In particular, the County Council will not fund Community Employment Schemes.
The County Council will not fund food, drink, or entertainment costs.
Applications may be made at any time before the 31st of March, 2020. All grants must be drawn down by the 30th of November, 2020.
To draw down a payment, the community group must show that public procurement guidelines have been followed, and that payments have actually been made. In practice, this means the submission of quotations received and the submission of invoices, receipts, and timesheets.
Tipperary County Council reserves the right to audit any project it assists.