Additional community grant funds announced for Kilkenny groups

Total amount awarded by Kilkenny LCDC under the Community Enhancement Programme is €281,186

Kilkenny People

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Kilkenny People

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sam.matthews@kilkennypeople.ie

Kilkenny

County Hall on John Street.

Kilkenny Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) has awarded an additional €144,886 to Community Groups under the 2018 Community Enhancement Scheme.

An initial allocation of €136,300 was awarded in July. The extra allocation enabled Kilkenny LCDC to award top up grants to 49 community groups which did not receive the full amount of their original grant requests.

 The total amount awarded by Kilkenny LCDC under the Community Enhancement Programme is €281,186. 

The programme, managed by the LCDC, aims to address disadvantaged areas and targeted groups as identified in the   Local Economic Community Development Plan. Almost a third  of the funding is directed for small capital grants of €3,000 or less.

Speaking at the award of the grants Fergus Keane, Chair of Kilkenny LCDC, said it was great to see the level of interest in the Community Enhancement Programme and the diversity of applications.

Michael Delahunty, LCDC Chief Officer, added that the award of 49 grants under the scheme builds on the recent awards to both rural and urban communities under the CLÁR Scheme, where 11 community groups were awarded €303,464 and on the awards under the council’s Community and Cultural Facilities Grants scheme where eight community groups were awarded
€250,000 between them.

"In addition the sum of €652,280 has recently been awarded for 5 projects under the 2018 Town and Village Renewal Scheme. That’s almost €1.5m to urban and rural communities”, said Mr Delahunty.