Monday, 7th January 2019
Press Statement by Hildegarde Naughton TD
Fine Gael, Galway West and South Mayo
Disadvantaged Galway communities benefit from over €600k under Community Enhancement Programme.
Over €600,000 has been provided to disadvantaged communities in rural and urban areas of Galway under the Government’s Community Enhancement Programme, supporting some 120 projects.
Fine Gael TD for Galway West Hildegarde Naughton said around 45 community groups and charities in the city received support under the scheme, while over 75 organisations benefitted across the county.
Recipients of capital grants in the city included Ability West, Galway Autism Partnership, Galway Centre for Independent Living, Renmore Active Retirement, and Galway Simon Community.
In the county, Galway Mountain Rescue, Annaghdown Heritage Society, Oughterard Youth Club, and Coiste Páirce na bPiarsaigh in Rosmuc were among the beneficiaries.
“I’m pleased that such a large number and diverse variety of community organisations throughout Galway will benefit from capital grants under the programme,” said Deputy Naughton.
“Relatively small amounts of money can make a big difference to groups like these, and a huge difference the people who avail of the invaluable services and facilities they provide in communities,” added the Fine Gael TD.
“It’s also significant that this government programme prioritised disadvantaged communities and rural areas with the intention that support will be focused on those areas that need it most.”
Among the specific grants provided to community organisations in Galway city was almost €15,000 to DRA (Doughiska, Roscam and Ardaun) Community Development for a range of outdoor gym equipment.
Nearly €30,000 was allocated to Galway Centre of Independent Living for the purchase of a disability-access vehicle, while Galway Hibernians FC was given almost €12,000 for the development of a new community facility.
In the county, almost €7,000 was provided to Forbairt Phobail Maigh Cuilinn Teo for an upgrade of facilities, while €10,580 was allocated to Forbairt Chonamara Láir Teo for the development of an RV serviced station with two bays.
There were also grants of €1,000 allocated to the Brothers of Charity, Club Óige na Spidéil, and Corrib Mask Search and Rescue.
The application process for the scheme was administered by local community development committees (LCDCs) in each local authority area. The open application process was launched last May.