Community is at the heart of everything we do at Cork County Council. Our mission is to facilitate the creation of vibrant and cohesive communities. We recognise and nurture people’s commitment to their own areas and acknowledge the huge voluntary effort that often under-pins local community amenity and recreation initiatives. A range of initiatives and supports are available to local communities.
Cork County Council is currently inviting applications from Community and Voluntary groups under the Community Enhancement Programme 2019.
The scheme is an opportunity for community groups to access funding for capital projects to enhance facilities in disadvantaged areas or in order to kick-start, advance or complete their projects.
The administrative boundary of Cork City Council will expand with effect from 31st May 2019. As a result, services that have traditionally been delivered by Cork County Council in the transfer areas of Tower, Blarney, Killeens, Kerry Pike, Ballincollig, Douglas, Rochestown, Togher, Glanmire, White’s Cross/Ballyvolane will
become the responsibility of Cork City Council from that date. Please note that if your group is based in these areas, you will now be required to apply to Cork City Council for the Community Enhancement Programme.
The 2019 scheme is funded by the Department of Rural & Community Development with support from the Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) of Cork County Council.
The Countywide allocation under the scheme is €160,000. There are two types of grants available under this Programme:
- Small scale capital grant up to a maximum of €1,000 or less
- Capital grant in excess of €1,000
Examples of eligible capital expenditure under the Programme include:
- Youth Clubs or facilities
- Sports / Recreation Facilities
- Development and Improvements to community centres and common areas
- Once off maintenance of Premises (does not include regular maintenance)
- Upgrade Community amenities/equipment
- Energy efficiency type projects
Applications and Guidelines
Applications should be made online at www.yourcouncil.ie
Application guidelines are available to download below:
Queries please contact:
Local Community Development Unit, Cork County Council on 021- 4285230 or 021-4285295 or email
Closing date for applications is 4.00pm on Friday 28th June 2019
Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 (LEADER)
The LEADER Initiative (Liaisons entre actions de developpement de l’économie rurale) was established by the European Commission in 1991.
LEADER was designed to aid the development of sustainable rural communities following the reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy. It promotes a ‘bottom-up’ approach to rural development, with the implementation of business plans and decisions on funding being made at a national level on projects.
Three long term strategic objectives have been identified for EU Rural Development policy in the 2014-2020 programming period:
- Improving the competitiveness of agriculture
- The sustainable management of natural resources and climate action
- A balanced territorial development of rural areas.
These broad objectives are given more detailed expression through 6 priorities:
- Fostering knowledge transfer in agriculture, forestry and rural areas
- Enhancing the competitiveness of all types of agriculture and enhancing farm viability
- Promoting food chain organisation and risk management in agriculture
- Restoring, preserving and enhancing ecosystems dependent on agriculture and forestry
- Promoting resource efficiency and supporting the shift toward a low-carbon and climate resilient economy in agriculture, food and forestry sectors
- Promoting social inclusion, poverty reduction and economic development in rural areas.
West Cork LEADER: leaderwestcork.com
South Cork LEADER: leadersouthcork.com
North Cork LEADER: leadernorthcork.com
Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP)
The SICAP programme aims to tackle poverty and social exclusion through local engagement and partnership between disadvantaged individuals, community organisations and public sector agencies.
The Department of Housing, Planning, Community, and Local Government is the lead funding Department for SICAP.
The Programme has three goals:
- To support and resource disadvantaged communities and marginalised target groups to engage with relevant local and national stakeholders in identifying and addressing social exclusion and equality issues;
- To support individuals and marginalised target groups experiencing educational disadvantage so they can participate fully, engage with and progress through life-long learning opportunities through the use of community development approaches;
- To engage with marginalised target groups/individuals and residents of disadvantaged communities who are unemployed but who do not fall within mainstream employment service provision, or who are referred to SICAP, to move them closer to the labour market and improve work readiness, and support them in accessing employment and self-employment and creating social enterprise opportunities.
- Children and Families from Disadvantaged Areas
- Lone Parents
- New Communities (including Refugees/Asylum Seekers)
- People living in Disadvantaged Communities
- People with Disabilities
- The Unemployed (including those not on the Live Register)
- Young Unemployed People from Disadvantaged areas.
Local Community Development Committees are managing SICAP at a local level. A public procurement process has been used to select Local Programme Implementers who are delivering SICAP in each area.
For more information, please consult the SICAP Lots Table.
What is Cork County PPN?
Cork County PPN is a network of Community & Voluntary, Social Inclusion & Environment organisations that were established in 2015.
Through the office of the PPN Co-ordinator, PPN Member organisations are kept informed of important matters such as:
- Funding opportunities
- Public consultations
- Policy development.
PPN Member organisations and their representatives can also interact with the policy making committees of Cork County Council and have their voice heard through the PPN reps that sit on these committees.
Member organisations register their contact details with the PPN Co-ordinator to ensure that they are kept informed about events, training, funding and other opportunities that are of interest to the Community & Voluntary, Social Inclusion & Environment sectors.
How does it work?
In 2015 the member organisations nominated a 22 member ‘Secretariat’ or steering group to oversee the administration of the PPN. The Secretariat meets monthly to develop aspects of how the PPN operates such as Communications, Training, PPN Information events and effective PPN representation on Council Committees.
In addition to the Secretariat there are 37 seats reserved for PPN reps on the policy-making Committees of Cork County Council. In 2015 PPN member organisations nominated & elected 37 PPN representatives to sit on these committees and ensure that the PPN plays its part in shaping policy at a local level.
In summary, PPN member organisations benefit from receiving information on matters that interest or affect them and also have the opportunity to feedback their views at local government level.
What can Cork County PPN do for my organisation?
There are currently 900 organisations affiliated with Cork County PPN. These include, for example; environment groups, resident’s associations, ICA & IFA groups, tidy towns, community councils, choirs, arts groups, youth groups, active retirement associations, sports clubs, heritage & history societies, men’s sheds, autism support groups and many others.
Membership of Cork County PPN facilitates greater co-operation and information sharing between organisations with similar interests and gives organisations the opportunity to shape policy at a local level. It also ensures that your organisation is kept informed of events, training, funding and other opportunities for public participation.
Minutes of Strategic Policy Committees can be found here.