Cork County Council has allocated €45,226.85 to a range of community and voluntary organisations across the County under the second round of Covid-19 Community Emergency Funding from the Department of Rural and Community Development. It is hoped that this funding will help to support voluntary and community groups as they reopen their facilities and resume community activities.
This most recent round of funding follows a previous allocation of €70,757 and is designed to help address some of the shortfalls experienced by groups this year due to the negative impact of Covid 19 on fundraising activities. The Covid-19 Community Emergency Fund will support groups in several areas including the purchase of required sanitisation materials and the implementation of measures to improve social distancing.
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley welcomed the announcement saying;
“These groups and organisations and the communities they serve have shown remarkable resilience in recent months. The support given by volunteers has been nothing short of heroic and I am delighted to see this assistance being made available to them. Their reopening and the provision of these valued services to their communities is vital for the wider Cork County community and their contribution will be essential in the months ahead”.
Over the past number of months, Cork County Council has been leading a countywide, multi-agency response to Covid-19. As well as coordinating the Cork County Council Covid-19 Community Support Programme, the Council has also been working towards the reopening and revitalisation of the social and economic life of Cork County through Project ACT (Activating County Towns).
Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey acknowledged that clubs, organisations and community centres are key to supporting Cork County towns and villages;
“Cork County Council has worked closely with community and advocacy groups over the past number of months and we have listened closely to their needs. The Covid-19 Emergency Fund will go a long way towards the reopening of our County and will complement the efforts of Project ACT by supporting the community and voluntary organisations who play such an essential role in our communities”.
Cork County Council’s Community Support Helpline continues to operate 7 days a week, from 9am to 5pm. The Helpline can be reached at 1800 805 819, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.