grants

  • €26,600 in grant aid to provide sensory facilities and equipment in public libraries in Mayo has been announced today by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring.

    The equipment can assist individuals with sensory impairments, special educational needs and other learning difficulties, and those on the Autism spectrum. €20,000 of the funding will be provided by Minister Ring’s Department while a further €6,600 will come from Mayo County Council.

    The funding is part of €800,000 national investment in public libraries to support people living with autism or learning differences. 

    Minister Ring says the funding aims to improve the library experience and services for parents, guardians and carers of children and adults with sensory impairments, additional needs and learning differences. 

    This is in addition to funding of over €190,000 nationally that has been approved for the provision of 21 Magic Tables in public libraries which are used by carers and people with dementia, autism spectrum disorder and learning differences.

     It is expected that the new services will be available in mid-2020. 

     

     

     

  • Fáilte Ireland will invest €150million into developing major new visitor attractions of scale across the country.

    The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross today launched Fáilte Ireland’s new Platforms for Growth initiative which will “transform the tourism landscape across the country” according to CEO Paul Kelly.

    The programme of investment is Fáilte Ireland’s largest yet, and forms part of its Grants Scheme for Large Tourism Projects which runs up to 2022.

    Major new visitor attractions of scale will be developed and existing attractions greatly enhanced through Platforms for Growth, with Fáilte Ireland making individual grants available for large-scale visitor attractions of €2.5million upwards.

    A series of workshops will be held around the country including in Mayo to guide organisations and businesses on the application process.

    Breaffy House Hotel will host a workshop on Tuesday June 18th from 10am until 1pm.

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    Funding allocated to support the Tidy Towns groups this year is still be available to them, even though the SuperValu TidyTowns competition has had to be cancelled this year due to public health considerations. That has been confirmed by Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring

    This means that the 34 Tidy Towns groups in Mayo that were allocated €46,000 in 2019 in order to support their work in preparation for this year’s (2020) competition will still be able to spend the money this year.

    The Minister allocated €1.4 million to TidyTowns groups in September 2019 to assist them in their preparations for the 2020 competition. Notwithstanding the cancellation of the competition this year, Minister Ring is allowing any unspent funds to be used by the TidyTowns groups.

    The following 34 Mayo communities were allocated between €1,000 and €3,000 (based on population size) in order to support preparation for the 2020 competition:

     

    Community

    Amount

    Lecanvey Community Centre

    €1,000

    Kilmaine Village Enhancement

    €1,000

    Achill Sound TidyTowns Committee

    €1,000

    Kiltimagh TidyTowns

    €2,000

    Westport TidyTowns Association

    €3,000

    Ballindine Tidy Towns

    €1,000

    Kilkeeran Residents Association

    €1,000

    Ballyhaunis TidyTowns

    €2,000

    Swinford TidyTowns Committtee

    €2,000

    Shrule Village Enhancement

    €1,000

    Bailte Slachtmhara, Beal an Mhuirthead

    €2,000

    Cong Community Development Association

    €1,000

    Knock TidyTowns

    €1,000

    Ballyheane Village Enhancement Group

    €1,000

    Ballina TidyTowns Committee

    €3,000

    Murrisk Development Association Ltd.

    €1,000

    Carracastle TidyTowns

    €1,000

    Mulranny TidyTowns Committee

    €1,000

    Bonniconlon TidyTowns Committee

    €1,000

    Crossmolina TidyTowns

    €2,000

    Cairde An Geata Mor

    €1,000

    Ballintubber Community Council

    €1,000

    Castlebar TidyTowns Committee

    €3,000

    Clare Island Tourism Committee

    €1,000

    Cloghane Brandon TidyTowns

    €1,000

    Newport TidyTowns Committee

    €1,000

    Ballycastle TidyTowns

    €1,000

    Clogher Environmental Group Ltd.

    €1,000

    Killala Tidy Towns Committee

    €1,000

    The Neale - An Eill

    €1,000

    Turlough Heritage Committee

    €1,000

    Ballinrobe TidyTowns

    €2,000

    Louisburgh TidyTowns Committee

    €1,000

    Ballyvary Enhancement Group

    €1,000

     

     

     

     

  • The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten is now encouraging homeowners to apply for grants for the installation of heat pumps. Grants of up to €3,500 are available and applications are now open.

    He says that heat pumps can completely change the comfort levels in a home, as well as reducing heating bills and removing the need for oil, gas or solid fuel. 

    The new grant is available to homes built before 2011.

     A survey of the home will be carried out before a grant offer can be made. 

    Grants available under Better Energy Homes Scheme include:

     

    Measure

    Measure type

    Grant amount

    Insulation

    Attic

    €300

     

    Cavity Wall

    €300

     

    Internal (Dry Lining)

    Detached

    €2,400

     

    Semi-detached/end of terrace

    €1,800

     

    Mid terrace/apartment

    €1,200

     

    External (Wrapping)

    Detached

    €6,000

     

    Semi-detached/end of terrace

    €4,500

     

    Mid terrace/apartment

    €2,750

    Heating System

    Heating controls

    €700

     

    Solar thermal

    €1,200

     

    Heat pump

    Air to air

    €600

     

    Air to water, ground source, water source, exhaust air

    €3,500

    Building Energy Rating (BER)

     

    €50

    Bonus for multiple measures

    For 3rd measure

    €300

     

    For 4th measure

    €100

     

     

    Further details are available from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) on 1850 927000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

    https://www.seai.ie/grants/home-grants/better-energy-homes/

  • Two museums in Mayo will receive grants totalling €8,000 under the Regional Museum Exhibitions Scheme, which provides funding support for local and regional museums.

    Minister Michael Ring has announced that €4,500 has been allocated to the Michael Davitt Museum in Straide, for an exhibition, talks and outreach programme on land wars.

    Knock Museum will receive €3,500 for an exhibit to enhance the museum's exhibition.

    The funding is part of a total allocation of €138,000 for 22 museums across the country announced by the Minister for Heritage, Culture and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan.