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Community Enhancement Programme

Community Support Fund 2022

Under the Community Enhancement Programme, Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, and Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities, Joe O’Brien TD, announced a new €10 million fund to support thousands of local community & voluntary groups with their energy bills.
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.

Community Support Fund and the Community Support Fund for Women's Shed's is now open.

Apply for the Community Support Fund

Apply for the Community Support Fund for Women's Shed's

Closing Date for receipt of Application Forms for both funds is 4:00 p.m. on Friday 31st March 2023.

The Community Support Fund will support groups, particularly in disadvantaged areas with their non-pay running costs for example utility bills (electricity costs, refuse charges, heating charges) or other non-pay operating costs for example rental/lease costs, insurance bills.

Groups will also be able to use the funding to carry out necessary repairs and improvements to their facilities and/ or purchase equipment. Clare LCDC has been awarded €301,325.00. 

Funding of €147,649.00 is available towards operating costs for community and voluntary groups.  Funding of €150,663.00 is available towards capital projects up to a maximum of €10,000.00 per group.  €3,013.00 has been ring fenced for Women’s sheds.

Energy / operating costs incurred for both schemes in the period 1st April to 31st March 2023 are eligible.

Any not for profit community or voluntary group can apply.

Full Guidelines for the grant are available below and in the application form.

For queries, please contact (065) 6846498 or email

In order to support Community Groups/Organisations who may wish to apply for either funding scheme, the following walk-in information clinics will be held across the County at the following locations and times:

  • Tuesday 17th January
    • Pavilion Community Hall, Lisdoonvarna 10:00a.m. - 1:00p.m.  
    • Scariff MD Office, Scariff  – 10:00a.m. - 1:00p.m.  
    • Corofin Community Hall, Corofin 2:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.
    • Cnoc na Gaoithe, Tulla Comhaltas Cultural Centre, Tulla, 2:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.
  • Thursday 19th January   Oakwood Arms Hotel,  Shannon 10:00a.m. - 1:00p.m.  
    • Buttermarket Civic Room, Ennis 2:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.
    • Kilrush Hub, Kilrush 10:00a.m. - 1:00p.m.  
    • Lissycasey Community Hall, Lissycasey 2:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.

Page last reviewed: 12/01/23

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Community Enhancement Programme
Rural and Community Development
Clare County Council
Áras Contae an Chláir
New Road
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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