Mayo to benefit from €50m Community Recognition Fund
Mayo will receive over €2.3 million under the newly launched Community Recognition Fund, it has been announced.
Deputy Alan Dillon, Fine Gael TD for Mayo, welcomed details of the €50m fund as outlined today by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, and Minister of State, Joe O’Brien.
This major initiative, the first of its kind, is designed to specifically support communities across the country that have welcomed and are hosting families and citizens from Ukraine and other countries.
Among the projects that will be supported under the fund include: the refurbishment of local sports clubs and facilities; the upgrade of community facilities such as play areas, walkways, parks and community gardens; the purchase of equipment to benefit local clubs, festivals, music and arts organisations; the enhancement of school or parish facilities that are open to the wider community after hours or on weekends; and transport infrastructure such as community vehicles and bus shelters.
The €50 million has been allocated across all local authorities based on the number of new arrivals located there.
Deputy Dillon has been informed that Mayo County Council will receive a total of €2,354,126. The funding will be drawn down over 2023 and 2024.
“Projects will be delivered by Mayo County Council in conjunction with community organisations. The fund aims to support the development of facilities that will be used in the future by all members of the community across Mayo,” said Deputy Dillon.
Announcing the €50m fund, Minister Humphreys said: “Communities the length and breadth of the country have really stepped up to the plate in recent weeks, opening their homes and facilities to people very much in need.
“This fund is recognising the vital role our communities are playing as we continue to deal with many challenges, not least the war in Ukraine.
“I would like to encourage communities to engage directly with their local authorities in the coming weeks to ensure that high quality projects can be delivered, benefitting their towns and villages for years to come.”
She continued: “The projects that will be supported are those that will benefit all members of our communities, young and old. It could be funding to develop a playground or park, or perhaps a community centre. Or it could be used in terms of transport infrastructure such as community vehicles or bus shelters.
“Sports clubs or groups that champion the arts and music could also benefit – I want our local authorities to be as flexible and work closely with my department to deliver high quality projects.”
Minister of State Joe O’Brien continued: “Today’s announcement will empower communities across the country in developing projects that directly address local needs. Funding is available for a wide range of projects, such as the purchase of community vehicles and the enhancement of local clubs’ facilities and amenities.
“I am confident that this new initiative will deliver tangible benefits to communities all across Ireland.”
Deputy Dillon said he is encouraging all sporting and community groups to apply to Mayo County Council for the funding.
He stated: “I am encouraging everyone to engage with the council in relation to projects such as sports, playgrounds, community centres, walkways, the arts, etc, that could benefit and improve the area in which you live.”
The department has published the full details of the scheme (including funding allocations) online, and applications are now being sought from local authorities on the basis of engagement with local communities and clear targeting of proposed projects to areas with the highest level of need.