A host of local community groups have been handed a financial boost this week with funding allocations being made as part of the 2017 Community Facilities Scheme.
Ferdia Park Environmental Group, Ardee Active Retirement, Ardee Girl Guides and the Ardee & District Community Trust have been awarded funding through the scheme which was announced back in March by then Minister of State for Communities and the National Drugs Strategy Catherine Byrne TD,
The new €2m capital grants scheme was rolled out for disadvantaged urban and rural areas, with the scheme focused on providing small-scale capital grants to help grass roots community projects get underway or take the next step towards completion.
€64,500 was allocated to every local authority in the country. In Louth, groups in Dundalk got €29,000, Drogheda schemes and groups were allocated €22,000 while ones local to Ardee were given €14,000.
Ardee Girl Guides have been funded to the tune of €1,000 while the Ardee & District Community Trust also has been awarded €1,000. Ardee Active Retirement have been given €430.
In terms of community amenities, Ferdia Park Environmental Group has been awarded €500 with Stabannon Tidy Towns another local beneficiary, getting €500 also. Mid-Louth Men’s Sheds initiative received €1,000. The funding allocations were presented to the Ardee Municipal District councillors at their monthly meeting on Thursday last by John Lawrene, with councillors voting to accept the allocations.
The scheme is being administered by the Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) under the remit of local authorities nationwide on behalf of the government. The LCDCs are responsible for targeting and allocating funding as they are ideally placed to identify the applications which most suitably address the scheme’s target groups and issues in each local authority area administrative area.
On Thursday, the funding was welcomed by councillors including Colm Markey, Tom Cunningham and Jim Tenanty with the latter remarking that the council had done “a great job” distributing what we called “the loaves and the fishes.”