Cara Credit Union Invites Applications For Community Projects Funding

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Promoting the Lauri Healy Community Sponsorship Awards (in pre-COVID-19 times) were, front row: Marie Healy (wife of the late Lauri Healy), Mary O’ Brien ( Friend of Lauri Healy), Pa Laide, CEO of Cara Credit Union.
Back row: Helen Geary, Tom Lawlor, Suzanne Ennis, Sean Roche, Richard Bono all Cara Credit Union.

CARA Credit Union is welcoming funding applications for community projects through their Lauri Healy Community Sponsorship Awards.

21 community groups and charitable organisations have already benefited from the awards and Sean Roche, the Chairperson of Cara Credit Union’s Community Sponsorship Committee said; “Cara Credit Union is very conscious of our ethos. One way of rewarding the trust and loyalty we receive from our members is by supporting projects that can help build better communities, and add value throughout our common bond in Tralee, Castleisland and Killorglin.”

“Our Lauri Healy Community Sponsorship Awards helps us achieve this objective with the distribution of funds used to encourage and complement the fantastic work that community groups do to make all our lives and communities a better place to live and work,” he said.

“The Sponsorship Award pledged €120,000 over a four-year period from 2017-2020. All 21 benefactors are worthy projects and we wish them every success as their projects near completion.  We are now accepting our final round of applications and would encourage community groups who are undertaking community projects of €10,000 or more to enter. Previous unsuccessful applications are also eligible to apply,” added Sean.

Pa Laide, CEO of Cara Credit Union, said; “Lauri Healy was one of Tralee Credit Union’s founding directors who dedicated so much time and energy to Tralee Credit Union. Lauri was also active in his support and development of other credit unions in Kerry and further afield.”

“He was a director with Tralee Credit Union for more than 30 years, he served with Chapter 23 for as many years and as a board member of the Irish League of Credit Unions helped shape the movement in its early days. The Lauri Healy Community Sponsorship Awards is a fitting tribute to Lauri how gave so much to his local community,” he said.

Cara Credit Union are now accepting applications. The closing date is November 30, 2020. Application forms are available online on their website and from any of their offices. For further information visit their website

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