The Minister for Rural and Community Development,Michael Ring  today announced an additional €258,600 in funding under his Department’s Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) to help tackle disadvantage in Mayo. The Community Enhancement Programme provides capital grants in order to address disadvantage as identified in the Local Economic and Community Plan.

Today’s allocation for Mayo follows on from a separate allocation of €145,203 under the Community Enhancement Programme earlier this year. This brings to €403,803 the amount Minister Ring has approved to tackle disadvantage in Mayo under the Programme in this year alone.

The CEP was originally launched in May 2018 and provides a flexible and targeted approach to funding those communities most in need, while reducing the level of administration involved. 

Minister Ring said: “The applications currently being processed will bring a range of benefits to all areas of communities, such as childcare groups, playgrounds, recreational groups, sports grounds, landscaping, and the elderly.

Typical enhancements under the programme could include the renovation of community centres, community amenities, improvements to town parks and common areas and spaces, and the purchase of equipment which is used to benefit the community.

Minister Ring told Midwest News that the additional funding has been allocated in a way that takes deprivation levels into account and says he’s  confident that those communities who need it most, whether in towns or rural areas, will benefit.”

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