€2.9 million for Clare – Community Recognition Fund 2023

Almost three million euro is being made available to communities in Clare who are hosting Temporary Protection and/or International Protection applicants. Sixteen towns and villages throughout Clare will soon be invited by Clare County Council to apply for small and large scale capital grants. This is to recognise the incredible work already done in these communities in welcoming displaced people and to improve facilities for everybody going forward.

The towns eligible for the funding stream are: Kilkee, Kilrush, Liscannor, Lisdoonvarna, Ballyvaughan, Lahinch, Doolin, Ennis, Clarecastle, Bodyke, Killaloe, Flagmount, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Bunratty, Shannon & Meelick

Application forms will be available and circulated to you on Tuesday 7th February. With a very tight deadline of Wednesday 22nd February for receipt of completed forms, now is this the time for communities to get together and decide on projects they would like to progress in their area.

• A small scale capital grant (up to €2,000) will be available for the purchase of equipment for local clubs, committees and organisations eg: musical instruments, sporting goods, art supplies etc.
• A large scale capital grant (over €2,000) will be available for the development, enhancement or refurbishment of cultural, community, sporting or cultural facilities; purchase of community vehicles etc.

Meetings will be held in each municipal district for information and assistance as follows:
Lisdoonvarna Pavillion: Tuesday 14th February 10am – 2pm
Kilrush (venue TBD): Tuesday 14th February 10am – 2pm
Scarriff MD Area Office: Thursday 16th February 10am – 2pm
Shannon Wolfetones GAA: Thursday 16th February 10am – 1pm
Ennis Buttermarket: Thursday 16th February 2pm – 5pm

Full details will follow next week but please start having the discussion now!!!

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