CLARE Fine Gael TD Joe Carey is encouraging local community groups to apply for a new round of funding for the upgrade and refurbishment of community centres. 

“The fund will provide grants of between €10,000 and €300,000 for capital works such as improvements to communal facilities including kitchen and toilet facilities, energy retrofitting, new windows, doors, heating systems, works to address safety concerns and works to improve disability access,” Deputy Carey explained.

“This Fund will help breathe new life into towns and villages, bring communities together, and create a welcoming space for people to socialise

“All interested applicants must register online before July 14 at where they can also sign up to attend an online information session.

“Registration must be completed prior to submitting a formal application and I would strongly encourage applicants to learn about the application process and criteria before submitting their formal application.

“Groups interested in applying for funding are reminded that there is just two weeks to go for them to submit their applications,” Deputy Carey added.