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Wednesday, 24th May 2023

Drogheda Implementation Board announces €125k in grants to community projects

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Twenty one community projects in the Drogheda and Laytown/Bettystown area are to receive funding totalling €125,000 from the Drogheda Implementation Board.

The projects cover a wide variety of areas aligned to the recommendations of the Guerin Report and the Drogheda Report Implementation Plan.

Projects to receive funding  include:

  • School based early intervention projects such as developing a ‘Nurture Room’ in Aston Village Educate Together National School and access to Play Therapy supports in St. Bridget and St. Patrick’s National School on Bothar Brugha;
  • An innovative Youth Diversion Drug Prevention Programme being delivered by the Foróige Cable Project in Moneymore and Youth Work Ireland Louth’s Boyne Project in Finian’s Park;
  • “CourAGEous” an initiative working with young people in schools and community to change attitudes and empower young people to address domestic and sexual violence among their peers led by Drogheda Women and Children’s Refuge;
  • A bursary scheme to support young people in Laytown/Bettystown access mainstream activities in their local area through East Coast Family Support Centre;
  • A number of sports projects including developing a Drogheda Boxing Team for a cross border tournament involving all three boxing clubs in the Drogheda area;
  • “Healing through Creativity” an intensive six week programme for people who are dealing with the challenge of having loved ones with substance misuse issues delivered by Family Addiction Support Network;
  • A collaborative summer music programme led by Music Generation Louth / Meath and supported by Boomerang Youth Café’s Basement Sounds and Drogheda Northside & Holy Family School Completion Programmes;
  • “Clean, Create, Celebrate – Southside Pride” a large collaborative community clean-up project in Rathmullen, led by St. Nicholas GFC 

Chairperson of Drogheda Implementation Board, Michael Keogh, said: “We are delighted to be announcing 21 grants to the local community in Drogheda and East Meath. In developing this small grant scheme, we wanted the local community to feel the impact of the resources being given by the Department of Justice to respond to issues identified in the Scoping Report into Community Safety and Wellbeing in Drogheda.

“Enabling community organisations, who know local needs, to identify and be supported in delivering these responses ensures that these funds will have the greatest impact. Many of these projects have potential to be scaled up and delivered in other settings and we congratulate all the successful applicants and look forward to hearing about their successful implementation”

Drogheda Implementation Board have also indicated that they will be announcing a further initiative under the Employment, Business and Enterprise thematic area of the Drogheda Report Implementation Plan in the coming weeks.

A full list of the successful grant applications is available on www.droghedaimplementationboard.ie

Drogheda Implementation Board is supported by the Department of Justice and hosted by the Louth Meath Education and Training Board.

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