Donegal local community and voluntary groups will receive almost €400k in energy supports for the running of community halls.
Small grants are being rolled out to support Parish Halls, Community Centres, Local Development Associations, Social Clubs, ICA Groups, Senior Citizen Groups, Men’s Sheds, Women’s Sheds and much more.
The new Community Support Fund has been devised to support groups with their energy costs who may not have been deemed eligible under previous Government schemes.
Donegal will receive the largest funding package outside Dublin.
Commenting, Minister Charlie McConalogue said “Our community and voluntary groups are the lifeblood of Donegal and they do tremendous work for our communities. It is important that we support them with increasing costs and I am delighted that Donegal will receive the highest allocation outside Dublin.”
The once-off fund will be allocated under the Department’s Community Enhancement Programme and will be administered locally by the Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs).
Groups can also use the funding to carry out small upgrade works and to purchase equipment to support their activities such as laptops and printers, lawnmowers, training equipment, etc.
Groups should contact their LCDC for further details of the fund.