Funds of €350k given out to communities
COMMUNITY groups and sports clubs benefited from €350,000 in funding that was provided by South Dublin County Council’s revenue budget this year.
The Community Infrastructure Fund offered the groups the opportunity to apply for funding to assist with the costs of either building new facilities or for the modernisation or expansion of existing facilities.
Groups applied online for the grants, which ranged from €5,000 to €50,000 to respond to locally identified needs within their communities. Applications were assessed-based on the proposed projects’ local community impact, value for money, funding, sustainability and viability.
The groups that received the funding included Bush Centre in Foxdene, which was awarded €30,000 for essential repairs and upgrade works, including CCTV upgrade. Bawnogue Youth and Community Centre also received €18,500 for accessibility works and upgrades.
Rathcoole Community Council received the highest amount of funding, with €50,000 to go to community centre fire-safety works.
In Tallaght, Fettercairn Community and Youth Centre were granted a total of €24,000 for hall upgrade works, Glenasmole Community Association CLG received €45,000 for fit-out works for an extension to the community centre.
Other community centres in Tallaght also received funding, with Greenhills Community Centre receiving €35,000 for energy efficiency upgrades and Kingswood Community and Leisure Centre getting €20,000 for hall upgrade works. St Mark’s Youth Club also received €15,000 in funding for CCTV upgrades.
Local sports clubs benefited from the funding also, with St Mark’s GAA Club receiving €35,000 for a clubhouse roof renovation, Thomas Davis GAA Club was granted €30,000 for upgrades to the clubhouse and Tallaght Athletic Club received €27,500 for running-track improvements.