MORE than 100 grants have been allocated by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government to nearly 90 organisations for marginalised areas across Limerick city.
Announced by Minister of State Jan O’Sullivan this week, 149 grants - worth €600 to €240,000 - will be given to organisations working in rural and social development in sport, health and education. The funding amounts to €2.8m.
Cabinet Minister O’Sullivan said the grants, which will be used to improve social infrastructure, will be spent wisely in all sectors of the communities.
“I am delighted to be able to announce this funding for the 89 organisations across the city today. Each and every one of these organisations is making an invaluable contribution to the communities they operate in.
“The Regeneration Programme has this year moved onto another level with the physical regeneration element kicking in with a range of significant builds across the city. But as important as this is, the positive change we are seeing across the city for young and old could only ever come about with investment in social interventions. The funds I am announcing today will help maintain that,” she said at the Moyross Community Centre.
The Labour TD said there is great admiration for residents’ local pride and their input to the community.
“You cannot help but be struck by the renewed sense of pride in these communities today and, indeed, they have much to be proud of.”
She said she was specifically struck by the children in the marginalised areas and that the community should focus on their wellbeing.
“Even meeting the children here, they are all so positive and so upbeat. You have a real sense now that they are growing up in a much more vibrant community and we need to keep up the good work and make sure that this positive change continues. They are the future and we must ensure that their future has all the possibilities and opportunities that they deserve.”
Limerick local authority director of home and community, Oliver O’Loughlin said this investment will be influential for cross-city organisations.
“The beneficiary organisations deliver very important services for the youngest right up to the elderly across Limerick and this money will be very much welcomed. There is a wide mixture of community organisations and service providers but all are fundamentally involved in improving the wellbeing of people living in these communities.
“This funding will enable them keep up the good work and we look forward to working closely with them over the next twelve months and beyond,” he stated.
The funding will be distributed by the Office of Limerick Regeneration.