Grants made available for community and cultural projects

GUIDELINES have been published for the issuing of grants, for groups looking to secure funding to improve community and cultural facilities in Kilkenny.

GUIDELINES have been published for the issuing of grants, for groups looking to secure funding to improve community and cultural facilities in Kilkenny.

Types of eligible projects include the building of community, sports and recreation facilities, the development of open spaces, arts projects, and projects that conserve the built and natural heritage of Kilkenny.

Grants will be paid in stages as each project proceeds, by reimbursement of up to 75% of the costs, to the maximum grant of €45,000.

The scheme aims to create ‘needs-based’ facilities in communities, to improve existing facilities, and to support relationships and activity within communities.

In the past, the scheme has been used to fund sports and recreation facilities. However, from this year, the criteria have been furthered expanded to attract age-friendly and inter-generational groups to balance out funding allocations across a wider sector.

Projects that have a strong voluntary element are prioritised.

Original, paid and valid invoices must be submitted to avail of the funding. The council also requires that applicants submit at least three tenders for each aspect of the works funded, return a signed acknowledgement of funding form, and keep all documents for at least three years following the project’s completion.

Applications for grant funding must be submitted to Kilkenny County Council before Friday, May 11 at 5pm.

For a complete list of the terms and conditions governing grant allocations, email community@kilkennycoco.ie or contact Kilkenny County Council.