Over €150,000 will be provided to disadvantaged communities in rural and urban areas in Wexford through the Community Enhancement Programme (CEP).
The CEP builds on and replaces the Communities Facilities Scheme and the RAPID programme launched last year by the Department and amalgamated scheme has been put in place following consultation with the 33 Local Community Development Committees across the country.
An increased level of funding has been provided to each area.
Minister Ring said; “Last year Wexford received €64,500 under the RAPID Scheme so today’s allocation represents a significant increase on 2017.”
Typical enhancements under the CEP could include the renovation of community centres’, community amenities, improvements to town parks and common areas and spaces, CCTV equipment and energy efficiency projects.
Minister D’Arcy said; “This new scheme will provide funding to communities in to enhance facilities in disadvantaged areas. Some of the funding is ring-fenced for smaller projects, from lawnmowers and IT equipment to minor renovations in buildings. It also provides funding to contribute to larger projects in disadvantaged areas. This programme helps support important work by communities across Wexford.”
“Fine Gael is committed to ensuring that rural Ireland is supported, so that it can achieve its full potential across a wide-range of areas,” he added.
The funding is provided to Wexford County Council and applications for funding can be made to the Local Community Development Committee who will decide on projects in a manner consistent with the Local Economic and Community Plan.”
The closing date for applications is 5 pm on Monday, July 30th.