Sunday 17 June 2007

€5m to local authorities to improve Local Social and Community Facilities

The Minister for The Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Mr. Dick Roche T.D., has announced capital grants totalling €5m towards consolidating and continuing the development of local social and community facilities under the Social and Community Facilities Capital Scheme in 2007.

Under the 2007 Scheme, each county/city council will receive a grant of €150,000, which will underpin and support social capital work in their areas. These grants will be used to fund targeted capital developments carried out through local authorities, that are designed to enhance communities, address disadvantage and improve social cohesion at a local level.

The types of projects approved for funding in the announcement include -

* The upgrade of community and resource centres;
* Youth facilities;
* Arts and culture centre improvements;
* Community sports facilities;
* Park & amenity area enhancements;
* Town & village improvements.

"These grants will assist communities across the country in bringing about real improvements and enhancements to community facilities in their areas. It continues my Department's commitment to providing the necessary support to enable local areas and community amenities to be further developed and utilised" - said the Minister.

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