Small grants to benefit community groups across Waterford
Waterford Fine Gael Senator John Cummins has welcomed the announcement of €305,836 for 181 local projects across Waterford by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, under the 2022 Community Support Fund.
The 2022 Community Support Fund was launched in November 2022 with funding of €10 million available. The key theme of the fund is to support groups, particularly in disadvantaged areas, with their energy bills, as well as with improvements to their facilities. The Community Support Fund is a once off fund provided by the Department of Rural and Community Development and administered by Local Community Development Committees, with support from the Local Authority, in each area.
Senator Cummins said “I want to thank my colleague Minister Heather Humphreys for her continued commitment to community based projects across Waterford City and County. I know this funding will be put to really good use by all of the successful applicants. I’ve been delighted to work with so many of them over the last number of years to advance projects and secure funding across a whole host of streams. Today’s announcement is further evidence of government supporting the exceptional work being done on the ground by so many voluntary organisations which are the lifeblood of communities across the county.
Announcing the successful projects for Co. Waterford today, Minister Humphreys said “I am delighted to announce almost €306,000 in funding for 181 local projects across County Waterford today as part of my Department’s Community Support Fund. Through ‘Our Rural Future’, I want to support locally led, ground-up projects in local communities across the country. This funding is all about giving a helping hand to our local groups and clubs with their energy costs, whether it’s the electricity bill, insurance costs or other overheads.
“While these grants are small in nature, they can make a big difference by allowing local community organisations to carry out much needed works in their area.”
Minister Humphreys added “I fully appreciate the fantastic work carried out by volunteers in communities across the country whether it’s the local Parish Hall Committee, the Development Association or the local Senior Citizens Group. These local committees work hard to make sure they can keep the lights on and run fantastic local services and events for young and old to enjoy.
“I would like to thank Waterford County Council and Local Community Development Committee for their assistance in administering this fund”
List of successful projects in co. Waterford is available here.