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Community Enhancement Programme

This programme provides capital funding nationally to help community groups to improve facilities in disadvantaged areas. The funding is targeted towards enhancing community facilities for individuals and communities that are impacted by disadvantage. 


A new round of funding is now available for community centres and community buildings. Funding is available under two categories;

  • Grants for small scale capital projects. Maximum €1,000.
  • Grants for larger scale capital projects. Minimum €10,000.

The Community Enhancement Programme was created in 2018 and replaces two funding schemes; RAPID and Community Facilities Scheme. It provides capital funding nationally to help community groups  to improve facilities in disadvantaged areas. 

The funding programme is managed by the Clare Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) on behalf of the Department of Rural and Community Development.

The funding is targeted towards enhancing community facilities for individuals and communities that are impacted by disadvantage as identified in Clare's Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP). Classification of affluent and disadvantaged areas are based on Pobal HP deprivation Scores which can be viewed through Pobal Maps - Deprivation.

The 2020 programme was launched on June 22nd  by Minister Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development. Nationally the fund for this year is €2 million and County Clare has been awarded €60,265. This first round of funding was targeted at the following groups to address specific issues which have arisen as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic; Youth  Men's and Women's Sheds and Wellbeing initiatives. It was decided by the LCDC to assess local needs and issue a closed call for funding to particular services providers and voluntary organisations. 

Separate to the €2m programme launched in June, the Department is now launching a new €5m fund, under the CEP, which will provide capital grants towards the maintenance, improvement and upkeep of community centres and community buildings. Clare County Council has received €140,810 under this measure and this will be managed by the Clare LCDC (Local Community Development Committee) 

This funding is available under the Government’s July stimulus package, and is targeted at measures that stimulate local economies, while enhancing facilities in disadvantaged areas.

For queries, please contact (065) 6846498 or email cep@clarecoco.ie:

Page last reviewed: 07/09/20

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Contact

Community Enhancement Programme
Rural and Community Development
Clare County Council
Áras Contae an Chláir
New Road
Ennis
Co. Clare
V95 DXP2
(065) 6846498
Opening hours
Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. with offices open through lunch. 
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