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Community Enhancement Programme 

Westmeath Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) invites applications from community groups for funding under the Department of Rural & Community Development for the Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) 2020.
The CEP provides funding to communities to enhance facilities in disadvantaged areas, as identified in the Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP).
The programme can fund or partially fund larger scale capital projects to address disadvantage. Some funding is ring-fenced to provide small capital grants of €1,000 or less. This is aimed at assisting small grassroots community projects to get off the ground.

What will be funded?

Typical enhancements under the Programme include the renovation of community centres and community amenities, improvements to town parks and common areas and spaces, and the purchase of equipment for community usage. The Programme has also supported energy efficient upgrades, development of community gardens, provision of defibrillators, CCTV, and sports and IT equipment.
The following provides a non-exhaustive list of capital projects that could receive funding under the programme:

  • Development/renovation of community centres
  • Once off maintenance of premises. This does not include regular routine maintenance
  • Community amenities
  • Development of youth clubs or facilities
  • Development of sports/recreation facilities
  • Improvements to town parks and common areas and spaces
  • CCTV equipment
  • Public realm improvements
  • Streetscaping
  • Development of play/recreation spaces
  • Energy efficiency type projects
  • Purchase of equipment
  • Capital expenditure on adaptations or equipment needed as a result of COVID-19 may be eligible, depending on the work being completed.
  • Projects which are complementary to the County Westmeath Local Economic and Community Plan 2016 – 2022 and which demonstrate that completion of the project will improve the quality of life for residents or provide tangible supports which address disadvantage will receive priority.

Target groups

This funding is targeted towards enhancing community facilities for individuals and communities that are impacted by disadvantage as identified in the LECP.
A church/school may apply for funding under the CEP but only in certain capacities. For example, if the church/school applied for funding for a facility which any child could attend, (not just specific religions or school attendees), then this might be considered in the same light as a community group/organisation project.

What level of funding is available?

€2m has been provided nationally with €58,331 allocated to Westmeath LCDC.

  • A minimum of 30% of this allocation will be ring-fenced to fund projects requiring funding of €1,000 and under.
  • It is envisaged that the remainder of the allocation will fund projects of up to €10,000.
  • If the Programme is oversubscribed, all applications fulfilling the conditions may not be successful or offers of funding may be for a lesser amount than that sought by the applicant.
  • In deciding the final allocations of funding to projects, the LCDC may take account of a number of factors including geographical balance and the desirability to fund a variety of different projects
  • See guidelines for further details including selection criteria.

How to apply

Please read this document and the Community Enhancement Programme 2020 Application Guidelines before you apply

Please complete the CEP 2020 Application Form

Application forms and supporting documentation should be emailed to Westmeath Local 

Community Development Committee (LCDC): dce@westmeathcoco.ie

Closing date 5pm Friday 7th August 2020.


For any queries please email dce@westmeathcoco.ie or telephone 0449332217 /0449332051.
Further Information on the 2020 CEP is available on the website www.gov.ie

Data Privacy; In order to process your application, it may be necessary for Westmeath LCDC / Westmeath County Council to collect personal data from you. Such information will be processed in line with the Local Authority’s privacy statement or contact our Data Protection & Information Compliance Officer on 0449332136 or email conor.oreilly@westmeathcoco.ie.