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Tuesday, 10th May 2022

Mayor wants lion’s share of €15m community centre fund for Drogheda

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Mayor of Drogheda, Councillor James Byrne.

Yesterday the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, announced a new €15 million fund for the upgrade of Community Centres and Mayor James Byrne is hoping that a large chunk of that money will come Drogheda’s way.

“You might remember the Action Plan for Drogheda that was published as a result of the Geiran Report” Cllr. Byrne said.

“No apologies were made at the time that priority will be given to Drogheda by Government departments and agencies in relation to funding applications under the various headings of the plan.

“I believe this is a case in point and I would hope that we will see a significant chunk of the €15m working it’s way to the town.

“I would encourage all interested parties to register for the fund without delay.”

The Minister also announced that her Department will host online information sessions on Wednesday 18th May 2:30 – 4pm and Wednesday 1st June 2:30 – 4pm to provide guidance on the application process.

Registration for the fund must be completed prior to submitting a formal application. All interested applicants must register online at www.gov.ie/CommunityCentresFund   

The formal application process will open on Tuesday 7th June and closes on Thursday 14th July 2022.

“Our local community centres & parish halls are the heart of our towns, villages & parishes. Many of them need improvement works and that is why I have put this new fund in place” Minister Humphreys said. 

“I am encouraging all community groups to look at this fund and think about how they can use it to improve their own local parish hall or community centre. 

“It’s vitally important for local groups and organisations to: (1)     Complete the online registration process and (2), attend the information sessions and learn about the application process and criteria before submitting their formal application.

“Completing these 2 important steps will help to ensure your organisation is well placed to submit a strong application to this Fund”

Fund guidelines and a sample application form are available to view at www.gov.ie/drcd

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