Communities across Limerick share in enhancement grants scheme

Norma Prendiville


Norma Prendiville

Thirteen projects in Abbeyfeale, including a biodiversity training centre, received grant aid

Thirteen projects in Abbeyfeale, including a biodiversity training centre, received grant aid

COMMUNITIES across the county scored well in the share-out of the 2018 Community Enhancement Programme, with some projects attracting grants of €9,000 or more.

Over  €510,000 in total funding was shared among some 161 projects in Limerick city and county under the programme which is designed to help communities in disadvantaged areas improve their facilities.

Newcastle West succeeded in attracting a total of €17,642 for three projects: to improve access for all around the town and to repair and replace doors and windows at the local community centre and install CCTV.

In addition, the Desmond Complex got €2,350 in grants for various projects.

Thirteen different projects in Abbeyfeale received grants with almost €7,000 to prepare and develop a bio-diversity training centre in the town. Grants were also give for water-harvesting tanks along with €2,200 to the local men’s shed, €2,000 for Christmas lights and €2,000 for the Heritage Society to purchase costumes.  A grant of €7,000 was received to improve access in the town and the sign language group received €849 for IT and training equipment.

Glin projects got funding of over €11,000 including €2,000 for toys and quipment for the parent and toddler group and €1,442 for IT and other equipments for the Men’s Shed. Killeedy Youth Club got a grant of over €7,000 for sports equipment and furniture while Rathkeale  benefitted to the tune of €6,960 to improve the playground and €7,000 for improved accessibility around the town.

West Limerick Heritage got €5,000 for camera and recording equipment. West Limerick Tourism also received a grant of €5,000 for IT equipment. Ballingarry hall benefited by over €6,000 with another €4,500 for the local park.

In the east of the county, Kilmallock  Community Council was granted €10,000 to install a toilet while Friar’s Gate Theatre got grants of €4,500 for equipment.

The Hospital Arts and Culture Group got a grant of €9,500 to develop the library while Knockainey Hall got a grant  of €10,000 to install a wheelchair accessible emergency exit.

Glenroe-Ballyorgan got grants of over €6,000 for streetscape work, to erect panels along the river walk and to install a defibrillator. Bilboa AC got €7,500 for improvements to its grounds while €10,000 was granted to install a wheelchair toilet in Bruree Community Hall.

Ballyagran Development Association got €10,000 to replace doors and windows in the local hall

In Croom, the Family Resource Centre, the Men’s Shed and the Development Association received grants and in Murroe, a grant of €5,000 was made towards CCTV at Wood Park.

Announcing the list of projects that benefited for the scheme, the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring said over 3,000 projects nationwide had benefited.

“A relatively small amount of money can go a long way and this investment will greatly benefit local community projects throughout the country,” he added.

“The funding has been allocated in a way that takes deprivation levels into account and I am confident that those communities who need it most, whether in cities, towns or rural areas, will benefit.”