A LEADER grant of €328,309 was allocated to Ringaskiddy Community Centre under the 2014-2022 LEADER Programme which is the largest grant made under the current programme. The LEADER funding was in addition to a grant of €100,000 under the Town & Village Renewal Scheme and match funding in the sum of €43,229 provided by Cork County Council. Works included renovations and energy upgrades to improve energy efficiency with the intention of making the Centre carbon neutral. The new facility will also provide remote working and training opportunities with the addition of five adaptable workstations in addition to improved accessibility to ensure all members of the community can benefit.
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Danny Collins commented,
SECAD Partnership CLG is the Implementing Partner for the LEADER Programme in this area and working in partnership with Cork County Council’s South Cork LCDC (Local Community Development Committee) assisted the community in delivering the project on the ground which had an overall total cost of almost €438k. Speaking on behalf of the LCDC, Cllr. Seamus McGrath commented, “Funding community amenities plays a very important role in community development at a local level and the volunteering efforts of the local group in collaboration with both public and private partners is to be commended”.
Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey, noted,
The 2014-2020 LEADER Programme is co-financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.