€3M INVESTED IN OVER 1,200 COMMUNITY PROJECTS THROUGH COMMUNITY SUPPORT FUND

KERRY COUNTY COUNCIL INVITES APPLICATION FOR 2019 COMMUNITY SUPPORT FUND
 Since its establishment in 2015, the Kerry County Council Community Support Fund has provided funding of €3m to community groups and projects across the county. The 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.
 
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. 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.
 
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
Leas-Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr John Joe Culloty, said: ‘Since the Community Support Fund was established in 2015, millions of euro have been invested by Kerry County Council in community projects and initiatives around the county. This is indicative of the council’s support for the work being done by community and voluntary organisations all over the county to build vibrant, sustainable communities and the value of that work in Kerry.’
 
Chief Executive of Kerry County Council, Moira Murrell, said: ‘The Community Support Fund has targeted funding towards a very wide range of community-based projects and has provided support to community councils, chamber alliances, tidy towns groups and other organisations in a very progressive and structured way. Furthermore, the retention of part of the fund to help to leverage funding from other sources and to co-fund projects with other funding streams has proven to be an enormous success in recent years.’
 
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.