• Pippa Hackett

Community Funding Open Calls

Updated: Nov 16

There are currently a number of open calls which may suit your community need - have a read below:

  1. Communities Activities Fund,

  2. Community Climate Action Programme,

  3. Built Heritage Scheme and Historic Structures Fund

Community Activities Fund:

Good news for men’s and women's sheds, youth centres, parish halls and other community groups as Ministers Humphreys and O’Brien in the Department of Rural and Community Development announce €9 million Fund to support community groups impacted by COVID-19.

Offaly has been allocated €277,101 and Laois has been allocated €273,048.

The fund will provide small grants for community groups impacted by the Pandemic.

Groups will be able to use the funding to carry out necessary repairs and to purchase equipment such as tables and chairs, tools and signage, laptops and printers, lawnmowers, canopies and training equipment.

The once-off fund will be allocated under the Department’s Community Enhancement Programme and will be administered locally by the Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs). The closing dates are to be set by each LCDC so do check with yours to ensure you don't miss out.

Laois LCDC Ph: 057 86 64000

Offaly LCDC Ph: 057 93 46800.

Read the full Press Release on gov.ie here Please don't hesitate to contact my team at pippa.hackett@oireachtas.ie if you would like assistance with this or another matter.

Community Climate Action Programme:

Climate Education, Capacity Building and Learning by Doing (Strand 2)

Does your Not For Profit organisation operate at the National or Regional level?

Strand 2: Climate Education, Capacity Building and Learning by Doing, of the Community Climate Action Programme is now open to not for profit organisations, non-government organisations, universities, third level institutions, community and voluntary organisations, social enterprises and libraries.

The purpose of this funding is to facilitate eligible organisations to collaboratively develop supports, tools, know-how and approaches to assist local communities take climate action. The strand focus is on climate education, capacity building and learning by doing – moving beyond ‘raising awareness’ to build the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to respond to the challenges of climate change at a community level. It is necessary for successful proposals to demonstrate inclusivity in design and practice, so that no one is left behind.

Eligible organisations interested in applying must complete and submit their on-line application form before the deadline of 3pm (15:00hrs) on the 14th January, 2022. More information on pobal.ie

Built Heritage Scheme and Historic Structures Fund

My colleague Malcolm Noonan TD, Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform at the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, has launched the Built Heritage Investment Scheme and the Historic Structures Fund for 2022.

With €8m in funding across both schemes – an increase of €2 million from 2021 – they represent a continued and significant boost to the preservation of Ireland’s built heritage. It is expected the schemes will support hundreds of projects while also creating over 44,000 days of employment.

The schemes have developed to include new emphasis on, for example, bringing properties back to residential use so be sure to check out the two funds. The primary focus of the Historic Structures Fund will be on conservation and enhancement of historic structures and buildings for the benefit of communities and the public.

Both schemes are administered by your Local Authority and Laois County Council have put together all the necessary information on their website. I suggest you get in contact with your Council as soon as possible as the application deadline will vary by Council but likely to be early in 2022.

If my office can assist with your application for any of the above please let us know on pippa.hackett@oireachtas.ie