Minister Humphreys announces over €700,000 in Community Grants for Cavan-Monaghan
The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and Local Fine Gael TD, Heather Humphreys, has today (Wednesday) announced over €700,000 in funding for community projects across Cavan and Monaghan.
Announcing the funding, Minister Humphreys said:
“I am delighted to announce that funding of €713,000 will be provided to 23 community projects right across Cavan and Monaghan under Measures 1 and 2 of my Department’s CLÁR Programme.
“This funding will go towards vital infrastructure projects in our local communities and will provide for new playgrounds, car parks, pedestrian crossings, public lighting and much more.
“In Monaghan, funding of €425,000 will be provided to 12 local projects. This includes:
“€50,000 for Knockatallon to provide a pedestrian crossing and speeds safety signs at the local school and community.
“€30,000 for Art Mooney Childcare in Castleblaney for a new car park.
“Almost €50,000 each for Killeevan National School and Scoil Mhuire, Latton to upgrade and enhance the playgrounds at both schools.
“Funding of €46,000 will be provided to Edenmore National School which will also go towards the provision of a new play area.
“Rockcorry Community Childcare will receive a grant of €5,771 while Scoil Mhuire in Clontibret will receive funding of €29,700.
“St Tiarnach’s NS in Clones will receive funding of €33,120 which will allow the school to put in place new play and recreation equipment for children with special needs.
“Doohat Hall will receive funding of €30,000 for a new car park while Derryvalley Church will receive €23,647, also to enhance their car parking facilities.
“Tydavnet Tidy Towns have been allocated funding of €27,000 which will go towards a pedestrian crossing and improvements to car parking in the village.
“Finally in Monaghan, €50,000 will be provided for car park facilities and a pedestrian crossing at the new community walking track and GAA grounds in Aghabog.
“In Cavan, almost €289,000 will be provided for 10 community projects in the county.
“This includes: €29,780 for St Michael’s NS, Cootehill to extend the car park at the school with a further €22,000 going towards the provision of a pedestrian crossing at the Darley NS.
“Also in Cootehill, a grant of €20,400 will be provided to resurface the Drumlin House car park and the walkway known as ‘Maxwell’s lane’ in order to make access easier for all those who attend Drumlin House.
“Dernakesh NS have been allocated funding of €11,881 to upgrade the markings in their play area.
“Meanwhile, St Patrick’s NS in Shercock have received grant-aid of €50,000 which will provide for upgrades to the play area and fencing at the school.
“€16,200 will go to the Model NS in Bailieboro and this will provide a new astro surface play area at the school.
“Curravagh NS and Kildallon NS will receive a combined allocation of €22,500 to improve safety and car parking at both schools.
“Swanlinbar Development Association have been granted €18,000 to resurface the car park at Trivia House which is an integral facility in the local community.
“€50,000 has been allocated to Killyconnon NS for car parking and public lights while finally a grant of €47,970 will go to Lacken NS in Ballinagh for a new synthetic games area at the school.
“Funding of €191,000 has already been provided to Cavan and Monaghan under Measures 3 and 4 of the CLÁR Programme so today’s announcement brings the total CLÁR allocation for Cavan-Monaghan in the last month to over €900,000.
“These grants will provide an enormous boost to the voluntary groups who work tirelessly to improve the facilities in their local area. These are the people who give up their time to go out and sell tickets and fundraise to try and make our communities a better place for all of us. I am delighted to be able to support those efforts today with this funding allocation.
“The CLÁR scheme was massively over-subscribed and unfortunately due to the limited amount of funding available, it was simply not possible to fund all applications.
“However I would strongly encourage those groups who were unsuccessful on this occasion to liaise with the local authority to ensure that all the necessary documentation such as evidence of planning permission, match funding, quotations, etc have been provided. This will help to ensure that these applications are eligible for consideration should further funding become available in the future.
“Fianna Fáil closed the CLÁR Programme when they were last in Government but it was a priority for both myself and Minister Michael Ring to have the scheme re-instated. The scale of the projects being supported today shows just how important this funding stream is to our rural communities.
“My Department will be in contact with both Cavan and Monaghan County Council in the coming days and I look forward to seeing work commence of these much needed facilities in our communities as soon as possible,”concluded Minister Humphreys.