South Dublin County Council will be providing €350,000 funding for a wide range of community groups in the County through the Community Infrastructure Fund. The fund offers community groups including sports clubs the opportunity to apply for funding to assist with the cost of either constructing new community facilities or the modernisation or expansion of existing facilities. 44 applications were received to this fund in 2019. Applications could be made for amounts between €5,000 and €50,000. The €350,000 was provided for in the Council’s Annual Budget 2019.
“The Dublin Mid-West area community groups are to receive over €170K from the funds Community Infrastructure Projects” added local Fine Gael Cllr. Emer Higgins. The local Cllr. said “I am delighted that South Dublin County Council has announced these funding allocations under the Community Infrastructure Grants Programme.” The grants were spread across a range of clubs and organisations, including Scout troops, GAA Clubs, Soccer Clubs, Boxing Clubs, Community Halls and Cultural Centres. These funds will allow community groups to upgrade their buildings and grounds and make their facilities more secure. “We admire the efforts of the many community organisations that work together on an ongoing basis to deliver and implement improvements in a sustainable and inclusive way in servicing the needs of their local communities. “I want to thank everyone involved in the successful application. The grants will improve our clubs and community facilities and enhance the quality of life for the entire area” concluded Higgins.
Grants Approved for Dublin Mid-West Include: Palmerstown Parish Centre €6,700, 180th Lucan South Scout Group €16,000, Lucan Sarsfields Gaa Club €15,800, Round Towers GAA (Clondalkin) €15,550, St.Francis FC €50,000 – Installation of new Astro Pitch Carpet, Muintir Chrónáin €25,000, Newcastle Lyons Development Trust – €8,700, Irish Wheelchair Association – €15,400, Rathcoole Community Council CLG – €12,000 and 73rd Dublin Scouts – €5,000.
In the Tallaght area, Councillor Charlie O’Connor also welcomed the announcement, which was approved at the July meeting of the Council. He pointed out that applications were sought under the Council’s Infrastructure Fund 2019 and offered funds to community groups including sports clubs which allow them apply for funding to assist with the cost of either constructing new community facilities or the modernisation and expansion of existing facilities. Grants were awarded to the following groups St Judes GAA Club Templeogue €15,000, Sacred Heart Football Club Killinarden €11,500, Thomas Davis GAA Club Kiltipper Road €10,000, Tree Rock Rover Hockey Club Rathfarnham €35,000, 14th Ballyroan Scout Group €9,650, The Shanty Educational Project €13,300, Fettercairn Youth Horse Project €20,000, St Marks GAA Club €14,200, Scouting Ireland 146th Unit €15,400, Youth Horizon Jobstown €5,800 and Gaelphobal Thamhlachta €30,000.