14 August 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Community centres and facilities in Co Monaghan are to benefit from €109,947 for essential upgrades and maintenance. Funding worth a total €5 million will be provided by the Department of Rural and Community Development’s Community Enhancement Programme and is in addition to €2 million provided earlier this year.

Cavan/Monaghan Fine Gael TD and Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys said the programme was designed to enhance facilities in disadvantaged communities through capital grants allocated to community groups. “The funding can be used for the maintenance, improvement and upkeep of community centres, and community buildings,” Minister Humphreys pointed out.

“We depend hugely on community groups in Co Monaghan and I hope that this funding will help them to continue the important work that they carry out within our society.

“This has been an extremely difficult time for community groups in Co Monaghan that have stepped up to the plate in providing essential services and activities and the Government recognises that. “This announcement complements other funding announced recently by the Department, such as an additional €10 million in funding for the Town and Village Renewal scheme under the Government’s July stimulus package, previous funding of €2 million under the Community Enhancement Programme, and the €35 million COVID-19 Stability Fund.

“The Community Enhancement Programme is administered by Local Community Development Committees (LCDC) in Monaghan Co Council. In order to allow flexibility, the Department is not setting a national closing date, but will allow each Local Community Development Committee to set its own, to best suit its area.

“The Department will require that all closing dates are no later than end October 2020. Groups should check with their LCDC for further details.”

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