€250,000 is to be shared out to support the provision of community facilities
A total fund of €250,000 is to be shared out to support the provision of community facilities at eight locations in Kilkenny, following approval by local councillors on Monday.
Communities in Callan, Kilfane, Johnstown, Slieverue, Stoneyford, Tullaroan and Ferrybank are all set to benefit under the latest round of Community and Cultural Facilities Scheme funding, administered by the Community Section of Kilkenny County Council. The scheme supports capital investment in community led projects to provide and improve sports, cultural and amenity facilities.
Director of services Mary Mulholland said that 19 applications were received for funding this year, and every effort was made to support as many projects as possible. Ms Mulholland said those applications that were not successful this year will be supported to seek alternative funding and to further develop their projects where possible.
Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council Eamon Aylward acknowledged the significant boost that this funding will bring to the successful communities, and sought an earlier date for 2019 applications to allow communities to get started with works during the summer period of 2019.
Several councillors expressed disappointment that groups in their areas are not to receive funding this year, while others noted that all applications could not be catered for despite the significant investment involved.
The scheme is funded through development contributions and has provided many valuable local facilities for Kilkenny communities. For more, see next week's Kilkenny People.