Cork County Council is committed to supporting local communities with financial assistance available through the Municipal District Community Fund scheme which is administered by the Council’s eight Municipal Districts in County Cork. This scheme is now open for applications under 3 strands.
The Capital Fund scheme aims to support community groups and local organisations wishing to undertake infrastructural projects costing over €20,000 which will improve the range and/or quality of community based facilities within their area. Project development should be well advanced before any application is submitted. If planning permission is required then it must be obtained before you apply for this fund. Priority will be given to projects where the applicants are in a position to commence works. The minimum contribution that Cork County Council can offer is €10,000 and the Council’s contribution cannot exceed 50% of the total cost of the project.
The Community Contract is an opportunity for Tidy Towns groups to work with Cork County Council on local works and projects - agreed with the Municipal District Officer and the local Area Engineer - that enhance the area in which the group is active. Generally works would be of a recurring type, such as maintenance of open spaces, environmental improvements and litter picking. Community contracts often involve proposals that are unique and take into account local community needs and priorities. For this reason, it is strongly recommended that you contact your Area Engineer and Municipal District Office to discuss your proposals prior to submitting an application. The minimum value of any contract will not be less than €1,500 and the maximum will not exceed €20,000
The Amenity Fund Scheme provides support to local community groups and organisations by part-funding projects or to purchase equipment that directly benefits communities and meets particular needs. Projects being applied for under this scheme must cost less than €20,000. The Council prefers to support groups that have the skills and capacity to implement proposals as well as groups that show local funding, time commitment or other useful contributions. Examples of eligible projects include Tidy Town projects, festivals, improvement to local amenities like walkways etc., the purchase of equipment or improvement of facilities.
Commenting on the opening, Mayor of the County of the Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy said
“Cork people are renowned for their community spirit and achieving great things within their local communities. I would strongly encourage all community groups to avail of the support and funding available to them from Cork County Council through the Community Fund scheme this year.”
Tim Lucey, Chief Executive of Cork County Council went on to say,
“The total amount available to the Municipal Districts to allocate in respect of the Community Fund Scheme for 2019 is €1.8m. We are committed to supporting communities around the county in their efforts to enhance and improve the quality of life within their communities.”
Closing date for receipt of completed application forms is 4pm Friday 15th Feb 2019.