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.

Community Development Enquiry

Cork County Council is currently inviting applications from Community and Voluntary groups under the Community Enhancement Programme 2020.

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 2020 scheme is funded by the Department of Rural & Community Development with support from the Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) of Cork County Council.

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

Eligible Projects

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

Application Forms and Guidelines

Applications to be made online at

Queries please contact:

Local Community Development Unit, Cork County Council on (021) 4285561 or (021) 4285295 or email


Closing date for applications is 4.00pm on Friday, 7th August, 2020






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.

Operated by 3 LCDCs/LAG Committees in co-operation with 6 Local Development Companies:

  • Avondhu/Blackwater Partnership
  • IRD Duhallow
  • SECAD Partnership
  • Ballyhoura Development
  • Comhar na nOileán
  • Udarás na Gaeltachta

As of 31st December, 2019, the following figures apply:

  • A total of 159 Projects to the value of €7.5M had been approved.
  • Under LEADER Food Initiative (separate national allocation of €5M), total of 14 projects approved, Value €726,944 with potential job creation of up to 45 new employment opportunities.
  • Under Transnational/Co-operation Programme (separate national allocation of €10M) total of 10 projects approved, Value €395,256k.

Further Information:

West Cork LEADER:

South Cork LEADER:

North Cork LEADER:



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SICAP 2018-2022 is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.

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The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018 – 2022 provides funding to tackle poverty and social exclusion at a local level through local engagement and partnerships between disadvantaged individuals, community organisations and public sector agencies.

The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) Programme Requirements issued by the Department of Rural and Community Development, set out the key rules and requirements for delivering SICAP 2018 – 2022. 

SICAP is managed locally by Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) with support from Local Authorities. Programme actions are delivered by Local Development Companies.

SICAP is a social inclusion programme which assists both individuals and groups through a two-pronged approach; supporting communities and supporting individuals. The task of Local Development Companies (LDCs) is to reflect the broad scope of the programme in their actions and use programme funding to strengthen communities and improve people’s lives. 

All beneficiaries of the programme must belong to one of the following SICAP target groups :

•    Disadvantaged Children and Families
•    Disadvantaged Young People (aged 15-24)
•    Disadvantaged Women
•    Lone Parent
•    Low Income Workers/Households
•    New Communities
•    People living in Disadvantaged Communities
•    People with Disabilities
•    Roma
•    Travellers
•    The Disengaged from the Labour Market (Economically Inactive)
•    The Unemployed
For more information, please consult the SICAP Lots Table.

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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
  • Plan-making
  • 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 2019 the member organisations nominated a 20 member ‘Secretariat’ or steering group to oversee the administration of the PPN. The Secretariat meets on a regular basis 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 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.

Public Participation Networks User Guide

Further Information






In 2016 the government approved the creation of a national Healthy Ireland Fund with an initial allocation of €5 million.

Round 3 allocation was announced in mid 2019, €422,050k was allocated to Cork County which covers a two year period.

Our Healthy Ireland Co-ordinater together with the LCDC Healthy Ireland Sub Committee have identified eight actions under 9 designated themes.  These actions were approved by the three LCDC committees in September 2019 and have now received final approval from the Dept.  

Other initiatives include: 

  • Compiling an Implementation Strategy for Cork County, to be launched in 2020
  • Cork, A Healthy County – application has been made under Healthy Cities & Counties
  • Identifying other collaborations & initiatives
  • One of our initiatives under the Healthy Ireland fund was the roll out of our first Teen Talk event in 2018, for Transition Year students, this was expanded on 2019 with the running of three events, one in each LCDC area.  A total of 1,200 TY students representing 40 schools attended the events which was a great success.  We are delighted that this Cork County Council initiative was shortlisted under the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards 2019 under the Health & Wellbeing category.

A further three events were planned for March/April 2020 with a new addition of an evening event for Parents & Teachers known as Gen Z.  Unfortunately due to the current coronavirus outbreak these had to be cancelled. Following the cancellation of our Teen Talk events, we have taken the initiative to bring the events online. Video interviews are being carried out with all of our speakers and these videos will be posted to the Cork County Council YouTube channel and were communicated through Social Media on Tuesday, 7th April.

Please email with any questions comments or reactions that you might have.

 Please go to the Cork County Council YouTube channel to view our Teen Talk Webchats.