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

Applications under the ring-fenced fund for Men’s and Women’s Sheds

Additional funding of €0.5m has been allocated nationally to the Community Enhancement Programme by the Department of Rural and Community Development.  This fund is ring-fenced for small capital grants for Men’s and Women’s Sheds.

Men’s Sheds are eligible if they are registered with the Irish Men’s Sheds Association. LCDCs will consider the following when deciding whether a group that applies is a Women’s Shed and is eligible for funding.  

  • If they are affiliated with another parent association (which means they are not really a Shed), then they will not be eligible for this fund. 
  • There must be an appropriate organisational structure to the Shed. 
  • The number of members of the group will be considered and the criteria for membership. 
  • The group should demonstrate that their ethos consistent with the ethos of the Men’s Shed movement. Information on this is available on:

The terms and conditions are included in the application form and the closing date for receipt of completed application forms is Friday 9th August at 4pm. Grant monies must be expended and drawn down from the LCDC by 31 December 2019. Queries can be directed to

See below link for application form:

Application form for Shed funding






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.

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 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.

Public Participation Networks User Guide

Cork County Council  PPN Funding Scheme Information

Minutes of Strategic Policy Committees can be found here.

Further Information






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