Local community centres to benefit from €144k in funding
Brian Kelly (Chair), Andrea Molloy (SDCC), Colm Brophy, TD, Minister Humphreys, Andy Lesson of Foroige, Adam Smyth and Debbie Lee-Byrne

Local community centres to benefit from €144k in funding

COMMUNITY centres in Tallaght, Palmerstown, and Clondalkin will receive Government funding of over €144,000.

The funding is being provided through the Community Centre Investment Fund (CCIF) with the aim of enabling refurbishments and improvements to existing community centres to be carried out.

Palmerstown Community Council will receive €24,585, while the Parochial House in Palmerstown will be awarded €19,273.33.

The Bawnogue Youth and Community Centre will get a funding boost of €25,000, while Jobstown-based Citywise Education has been granted €10,422.

The Fettercairn Community and Youth Centre will receive €9,284, the Glenasmole Community Association will get €20,880.9, while The Park Community Centre will get €17,936.00.

The Jobstown Community Centre will receive a funding boost €16,699 for work to be carried out on the facility.

The funding was announced by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, on Wednesday morning.

The funding has been welcomed by local Fine Gael TD Emer Higgins, whose constituency includes Clondalkin and Palmerstown.

Cllr Charlie O’Connor, Cllr Gus O’Connell, Mayor Emma Murphy, Emma Kennedy (The Echo), Cllr Mick Duff, Trish Nolan, South Dublin Volunteer Centre

“I am delighted that my colleague, Minister Humphreys, has made this funding available to Dublin Mid-West community centres given the vital work that staff and volunteers there do and the invaluable services they provide,” said Deputy Higgins.

“Fine Gael is working to build stronger, safer communities and today’s funding allocation is the latest in a long line of initiatives and supports aimed at making our towns, villages, and cities more attractive places to live and visit.

“The Community Centres Investment Fund was launched by Minister Humphreys in April 2022 with funding of €15m available under three categories.

“The key theme of the fund is to support community groups with the upgrade and development of their Community Centre facilities.

“Our community centres are valued shared spaces and are very much at the heart of the towns and villages in place like Palmerstown and Clondalkin.

“I hope this funding assists in making them even better in the provision of services to people all across Dublin Mid-West.”

Minister Humphreys, who announced the funding allocation during a visit to the Fettercairn Community and Youth Centre, said: “The local community centre is at the heart of our towns, villages and parishes all across this country.

“They come in many different shapes and sizes and are a place for people of all ages to meet up and socialise with friends, old and new.

“I want to support these great local facilities and that’s why I launched the new Community Centre Investment Fund earlier this year.

“The level of interest has been unprecedented under any scheme previously ran by the Department of Rural and Community Development.

“I am delighted today to announce over €12.5 million in funding for almost 600 projects nationwide.

“This funding will support community centres, parish halls, GAA clubhouses, youth facilities, Men’s Sheds and much more.

“I want to congratulate all of the successful groups who are receiving funding, which I know will benefit local communities for years to come.

“This particular strand of funding focused on small scale grants of up to €25,000. I am pleased to confirm that I will be announcing grants for larger scale projects later this year.”