Minister for Rural and Community Heather Humphreys, and Minister of State Joe O’Brien, have today set out the details of the €50 million Community Recognition Fund. Allocating the funds to local authorities based on what the department describes as ‘new arrivals’, Wicklow County Council has been allocated the sum of €1,680,887. Funds are scheduled to be drawn down across 2023 & 2024.

This major initiative, the first of its kind, is designed to specifically support communities across the country that have welcomed and are hosting families and citizens from Ukraine and other countries.

Among the projects that will be supported under the fund include:**

the refurbishment of local sports clubs and facilities
the upgrade of community facilities such as play areas, walkways, parks and community gardens
the purchase of equipment to benefit local clubs, festivals, music and arts organisations
the enhancement of school or parish facilities that are open to the wider community after hours or on weekends
transport infrastructure such as community vehicles and bus shelters
Projects will be delivered by the local authorities in conjunction with community organisations. The Fund aims to support the development of facilities that will be used in the future by all members of the community.

Announcing the €50 million fund, Minister Humphreys said:

“The projects that will be supported are those that will benefit all members of our communities, young and old. It could be funding to develop a playground or park, or perhaps a community centre. Or it could be used in terms of transport infrastructure such as community vehicles or bus shelters. Sports clubs or groups that champion the arts and music could also benefit – I want our local authorities to be as flexible and work closely with my department to deliver high quality projects.”

The closing date for applications is 15th March 2023