€50,000 in amenity grants but still falls short of demand

Kilkenny County Council is set to hand out €50,000 in amenity grants, but that amounts to less than a quarter of the total amount sought by the 104 local groups and organisations who applied for them.

Kilkenny County Council is set to hand out €50,000 in amenity grants, but that amounts to less than a quarter of the total amount sought by the 104 local groups and organisations who applied for them.

At the council’s monthly meeting, members heard that the grants sought totalled €213,878, and that 97 of the applications were deemed to be valid. Of the other seven, it was noted that some are applicable to the capital grants scheme and some will avail of funds from the council’s estate management grant fund.

The money available was divided among the 97 successful applicants.

Money is being given to numerous Tidy Towns groups and residents associations for general maintenance, including €1,500 to Graignamanagh Tidy Towns for general maintenance and the continuation of its project to erect 12 granite monk statues.

A grant of €500 is also due to be given to the Christian Brothers in Callan for the restoration of the Edmund Rice monument and three plaques in the town.