Tipperary County Council today announced that 109 community, sport and art projects across the county are set to benefit from €2.1 million in capital funding under the Council’s Scheme of Capital Grants for Community Facilities & Amenities. The Scheme is a key element in the Council’s objective to support vibrant, sustainable and inclusive communities across the county and to work in partnership with communities to deliver the infrastructure necessary to support this.
A Call for Proposals, launched in October last year, sought applications for projects from community groups, voluntary organisations, sports clubs, arts and cultural groups which would enhance and develop the communities of Tipperary. The funding now awarded to individual projects generally range from €10,000 to €40,000. This Council capital funding will leverage significant additional community, public and private funding to generate a total estimated spend by communities of €6 million in facilities and amenities.
Cllr. Phyll Bugler, Cathaoirleach of Tipperary County Council said: “The Scheme of Capital Grants for Community Facilities & Amenities is an important part of the Council’s work to support local communities to provide facilities that are needed in their localities and the funding announced today will have a significant impact across the county”.
Joe MacGrath, Chief Executive of Tipperary County Council stated “I am delighted that the Council is in a position to allocate €2.1 million from its own resources for these projects. This is a clear indication of the Council’s commitment to making County Tipperary a more vibrant and sustainable place. This funding will be put to good use by community and sports groups over the coming twelve months for the benefit of the people who live in their communities”.
Joe MacGrath continued “I am extremely pleased with the response which the Council received to the Call for Proposals issued last year. The Council is ambitious for our county. It is evident from the level and quality of the applications received that our communities are equally ambitious for our county. The staff of the Council will now work with the promoters to deliver all these projects as quickly as possible.”
Cllr. Phyll Bugler concluded, “this funding together with other community infrastructure funding which the Council is securing, such as Town and Village Renewal Scheme, CLÁR Scheme, Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme and Local Improvement Scheme, is a significant investment by the Council in our towns, villages and rural communities and shows its vision and commitment that will result in considerable results and benefits for the inhabitants of our county”.
The Scheme of Capital Grants for Community Facilities & Amenities 2016-2019 was adopted by Tipperary County Council as a means of providing the Council and community-based groups, clubs and voluntary organisations with a fund that will support:
• The development of “needs-based” facilities to deal with the deficit in community infrastructure and amenities;
• The availability of appropriate community infrastructure and amenities at a convenient distance from their homes and places of work;
• Opportunities for communities to improve and give added-value to their existing facilities;
• Strengthening of community relationships by supporting communities to work together to provide facilities needed in their locality;
• Equality and openness of access to community facilities and amenities.
The Scheme of Capital Grants operates through public Calls for Proposals. The timing for Calls is determined by the availability of adequate resources derived from development contributions generated in accordance with the Council’s Development Contribution Scheme 2015-2019. In October 2017, a Call for Proposals was launched seeking applications on the basis of funding priorities agreed at that time by the Council.
Under the funding announced today a wide variety of projects have been approved. Projects range from improvements to facilities in community centres (such as for sustainable energy and accessibility), provision of community playgrounds, development of community walkways, construction of new and upgrades to various types of sports facilities, improvements to arts/cultural facilities and other measures aimed to help make communities in County Tipperary a more attractive and more sustainable place in which to live and work.