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Community Recognition Fund 2024 

Applications are now invited from Community and Voluntary groups in County Westmeath for funding from the Community Recognition.

The Community Recognition Fund 2024 aims to support the development of community infrastructure and facilities in recognition of the contribution being made by communities across the country in welcoming and hosting significant numbers of arrivals from Ukraine and other countries.

The funding is specifically targeted at capital type projects that are located in communities, towns and villages that are hosting the Beneficiaries of Temporary Protection and/or International Protection Applicants.

The Community Recognition Fund 2024 is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development. Please see the following link for a press release on the launch of the Community Recognition Fund at national level by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, and the Minister of State  Joe O’Brien TD  Our Rural Future: Minister Humpreys and Minister Joe O'Brien launch 2024 Community Reconigtion Fund

Criteria for the programme

Projects to be funded will be capital in nature, deliver medium-long term benefits for the communities in which they are located, and be capable of being delivered over the course of 2025 and 2026. A minimum spend of 50% of the allocation must be incurred in 2025. Eligible projects will receive funding for capital costs, but not for any ongoing operational or running costs.

The minimum level of funding for an individual project is €50,000 with a maximum of €500,000 applying. Smaller projects cannot be artificially combined to meet the minimum threshold of €50,000 – while the 2023 scheme provided funding for small scale investment in clubs and communities (e.g. for small scale equipment), the focus of the 2024 scheme is on projects of greater scale and impact.

How to apply 

The selection of projects will be by means of a competitive process and we are inviting local groups to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI), in particular from the following areas:

Athlone, Moate, Kinnegad, Castlepollard & Mullingar.

 

Consultation sessions relating to the fund will be hosted as follows:

 

Athlone Civic Offices, Athlone at 10.00am – 11.30am on 16th April 2024.

Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar at 3.00pm – 4.30pm on 16th April 2024.

 

When you are ready to start your Expression of Interest form please click the Apply Now button below:

APPLY NOW

CLOSING DATE for receipt of Expressions of Interests is 4.00pm on Tuesday 7th May 2024

If you have any queries please contact the Community Development Section, Westmeath County Council at 044 9332215 or at communitygrants@westmeathcoco.ie