Community groups across Wexford can use a €10,000 pot to host the country’s first National Community Weekend in their area under the Government’s ‘The Big Hello’ initiative taking place over the May Bank Holiday.
Minister Michael D’Arcy, TD. has encouraged all community and residents’ groups across Wexford to apply for funding to host an event.
Minister D’Arcy said, “This new initiative, ‘The Big Hello’ will support communities to host events in their local area in order to strengthen community ties and help tackle the problem of social isolation. Our community spirit is immense and Fine Gael will ensure every support is made available to foster and develop this unique Irish attribute.
“I want to thank Minister Michael Ring for making this funding available. The National Community Weekend is being organised by the Minister’s Department in partnership with representatives of Public Participation Networks, Local Community Development Companies, Volunteer Ireland, Young Social Innovators, Macra na Feirme, Street Feast, An tOireachtas and Change X.
“Wexford County Council is being allocated €10,000 as part of ‘The Big Hello’ and I strongly encourage local groups to apply.
“Applications are welcome from community and voluntary groups, organisations and residents’ committees within Wexford County Council area,” the Fine Gael Minister concluded.
National Community Day is an initiative of the Department of Rural and Community Development in conjunction with stakeholders.
€10,000 has been allocated by Minister Ring to each Local Community Develop Committee (LCDC)/Local Authority area to support local events.
Applications are welcome from community and voluntary groups, organisations and residents’ committees within each local authority area.