Disadvantaged communities in Co. Carlow benefit from Community Enhancement Programme

4th January, 2019

Over €252,039 was provided to disadvantaged communities in rural and urban areas in Co. Carlow through the Community Enhancement Programme, supporting 57 projects, Fine Gael TD for Carlow Pat Deering has said.

Pat Deering TD said: “This Community Enhancement Programme provided funding to communities to enhance facilities in disadvantaged areas. It was great to see the wide variety of local projects supported. This programme helps support important work by communities across Co. Carlow by allocating funding worth €252,039 to 57 local projects.

“Examples of work funded locally includes –

Carlow An Gairdín Beo €1,700 Develop community garden, facilities and build ramp to growing area
Carlow An Gairdín Beo €900 Bring water supply to growing area/poly tunnel and repair long raised
Carlow Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre €64,013 Upgrade playground to provide facilities for children with disabilities
Carlow Bagenalstown First Responders €1,000 IT equipment
Carlow Ballinkillen Active Retirement Group €1,500 Tables and storage press
Carlow Ballinkillen Craft Group €1,300 Industrial sewing machine
Carlow Ballinkillen Lorum Community Centre Club €1,000 Computers
Carlow Ballon Business and Training Centre €975 Equipment
Carlow Ballon Business and Training Centre €775 Desk Partitions
Carlow Ballon Business and Training Centre €1,321 Security access for doors/fobs/security cameras
Carlow Ballon Business and Training Centre €552 Signage in the building
Carlow Ballon Business and Training Centre €500 Ironing board and iron
Carlow Ballon Improvement Group €2,000 Upgrade of Millennium Garden, build granite wall and capping surrounding the garden
Carlow Ballyellen Development Group €3,000 Lawnmower
Carlow Ballymurphy Badminton Club €600 Sports Equipment
Carlow Borris Community Development €1,830 Stone signage
Carlow Borris Focus Centre €1,500 Equipment
Carlow Borris Town Hall Committee €1,250 Shutters
Carlow Borris Town Hall Committee €1,500 Curtains
Carlow Borris Town Hall Committee €1,100 Chairs
Carlow Carlow and South Leinster Rape Crisis Centre €3,000 Equipment
Carlow Carlow Basketball Club €2,000 Electronic Scoreboard
Carlow Carlow Involvement Centre €1,497 Microphone, PA System, speakers, lights and karaoke machine
Carlow Carlow Men’s Shed €5,204 Upgrade of building, alarm system, CCTV, redesign of access stairs
Carlow Carlow Mental Health Association €2,000 Furnish office space
Carlow Carlow Older Person’s Forum €64,931 Development of space and purchase of portacabin
Carlow Carlow Rohingan Community €1,400 Laptop and camera
Carlow Develop Tullow Association €900 Projector
Carlow Drummond Hall Committee €1,500 Install heating in the games room. Replace entrance gate and upgrade entrance yard
Carlow Drumphea Community Centre €1,200 Lawnmower
Carlow Éist Cancer Support Centre €4,000 Storage units for Art and Crafts Rooms
Carlow Feltham Hall Residents Association €1,500 Boundary Fence
Carlow Forward Steps Family Resource Centre €2,000 Portable flip chart stand, projector, project wall mount and pull down screen
Carlow Fruithill Manor Residents Association €2,800 Upgrade a used space into a basketball/soccer court
Carlow Glynn and Bahanna Residents Association €1,200 Push lawnmower and petrol strimmer’s
Carlow Granite Court Residents Association €1,500 Develop a basketball area for children
Carlow Granite Court Residents Association €1,300 Turn area into small garden with raised beds
Carlow Irish Wheelchair Association €3,600 Replacement of doors in the centre as part of a larger project
Carlow Kilcumney Residents Association €1,000 Strimmer and wheelbarrow
Carlow Killoughternane Social Club €1,500 Refurbishment of room in Club
Carlow McDonald Park Residents €588 Replace existing fence with new timber
Carlow Meals on Wheels €1,327 Lockable cabinet, paper shredder and kitchen equipment
Carlow Myshall Community Centre €1,500 Energy efficient hand dryers and heaters in the toilets in the Community Centre
Carlow New Oak Estate Residents €2,000 Lawnmower, bollards and fencing on waste ground
Carlow Newtown Hall Committee €1,500 Flame resistant curtains for hall
Carlow Rathanna Community Group €2,000 Signage to guide visitors to local communities, also a number of village walls need repairs
Carlow Rathoe Community Childcare €1,500 Upgrade playground facilities and provide equipment
Carlow Rathvilly Community Development Group €37,233 Equipment and furniture for Phoenix Centre
Carlow Riverview Close Residents Association €1,500 Upgrade and refurbishment of Astro Turf
Carlow Scorthreen Residents Association €1,200 Equipment and signage
Carlow Springfield Park Residents Association €2,000 Stone bench, trees, two wooden benches and paving slabs
Carlow St. Catherine’s Community Centre €1,470 Equipment
Carlow St. Joseph’s National School €1,000 Heated outdoor cabinet plus associated works (defibrillator accessible 24/7 to the public)
Carlow St. Mullins Residents Association €1,000 Park benches and develop green area around same
Carlow Tinryland N.S. €2,000 Improvements to existing playground
Carlow Tullow First Responders €923 Heated cabinet to place an existing defibrillator outdoors and replacement pads
Carlow Tullow Road Community Development Committee €1,000 Laptop, printer and filing cabinet

“Fine Gael is committed to ensuring that rural Ireland is given the support it needs, so that it can achieve its full potential across a wide-range of areas.”

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring said: “Having allocated over €12.5 million under the Community Enhancement Programme in 2018, I am delighted to be able to announce the more than 3,000 projects which are set to benefit from it.

“A relatively small amount of money can go a long way and this investment will greatly benefit local community projects throughout the country.

“The funding has been allocated in a way that takes deprivation levels into account and I am confident that those communities who need it most, whether in cities, towns or rural areas, will benefit.”

The application process for the CEP is administered by Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) in each Local Authority area. There was an open application process when the CEP was originally launched in May.