€3m Invested In 1,200 Projects In Kerry Through Community Support Fund

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At the launch of the 2019 Community Support Fund at the Killorglin Area Services Centre on Thursday, from left: Cllr Damian Quigg, Moira Murrell (Chief Executive), Cllr John Joe Culloty (Leas Cathaoirleach), Cllr Michael O’Shea, Cllr Bobby O’Connell, Niamh O’Sullivan (Head of Community Unit, Kerry County Council).

KERRY County Council has now issued a call for funding applications for the 2019 Community Support Fund which is offering a further  €750,000 to community-based projects and initiatives in Kerry over the coming year.

Since its establishment in 2015, the Fund has provided funding of €3m to community groups and projects across the county.

The 2019 Community Support Fund was launched on Thursday evening at the Killorglin Area Services Centre by the Leas Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr John Joe Culloty, and the Chief Executive of Kerry County Council, Moira Murrell.

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The launch heard presentations from a number of projects and groups which had benefited from the funding available in recent years.

The fund, which is now in its fifth year, has supported over 1,200 projects since 2015 to the value of €3million. As occurred in 2017 and 2018, some of the Community Support Fund will be used again this coming year to target strategic projects in the four municipal districts and to co-fund projects which are in receipt of grants from other sources.

At the launch of the 2019 Community Support Fund at the Killorglin Area Services Centre on Thursday, l-r: Dan O’Sullivan (Ballybunion Mens’ Shed), Maureen Hegarty (Killarney Mountain Festival), Jens Bachem (Reeks District), Larry Long (Sliabh Luachra Active Retired Network)

Over the past two years, €2million was leveraged from other grant sources as a result of the strategic allocation of resources under the Community Support Fund.

For 2019, the fund will target funding under five categories of support:

• Growing and Sustaining Communities
• Community Tidy Towns Initiatives and Amenity Projects
• Community Sport and Physical Activity Programmes
• Community Economic Innovation
• Community Based Tourism, Festivals and Events

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is Monday, 21 January 2019 and application forms may be downloaded from the council’s website. Further information is available for Kerry County Council’s Community Department at 066 7183680.

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