Over 300 projects and initiatives countywide are set to benefit from Kerry County Council’s Community Support Fund this week as councillors allocate €750,000 in grants to community and voluntary groups, residents’ groups, Tidy Towns groups, Chamber Alliances and other organisations.
The first round of projects – in the Tralee Municipal District – were approved by members at a meeting of councillors in that area on Monday. Further allocations will be made later this week by councillors in the Killarney, Listowel and South and West Kerry Municipal Districts when they meet to approve allocations in their respective areas.
The Community Support Fund, now in its second year, has a very positive impact and has seen an increase of 50% on the number of applications received last year. The Fund – which was established on the proposal of councillors and which they have strongly supported from the outset – recognises the valuable contribution the community and voluntary sectors make to the overall wellbeing of the county and its people and the vital and beneficial work that the organisations do.
Niamh O’Sullivan, Head of the Community Department with Kerry County Council said: ‘As expected, the council received more applications than the fund could support. Projects were assessed with the clear objectives of the Fund in mind and the grants awarded reflect this.
‘Projects funded under the 2016 Fund will enhance the vibrancy and physical appearance of the county’s towns and villages; they will improve the quality of community services and the capacity of communities to address local needs. The grants will also support tourism growth and economic innovation with support being provided to projects that will benefit the local economy and generate a sense of community and civic pride,’ said Niamh.
‘We also acknowledge community groups who work closely with local council engineers and the local Municipal District Officers to plan ahead for their localities in the years ahead. 15% of applications received demonstrated collaboration with the local authority and local development sectors which is key to forward planning and development in our communities,’ she added.
On Monday, councillors in the Tralee Municipal District approved at total of €240,000 in that Municipal District, covering almost 90 projects. In addition to the attached list, the following allocations were agreed:
- Cork-Kerry Health Link Bus €1,500
- Tralee Christmas Lights €25,000
- Tralee Sports Complex €35,000
- Féile Peil na n-Óg €375