Fine Gael TD Joe Carey has confirmed that €139,257 has been allocated for community enhancement projects in Clare over the coming year.

Administered by the Department of Rural and Community Development, the  Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) provides funding for community groups to improve facilities in disadvantaged areas. 

“Some funding will be ring-fenced for smaller projects, from lawnmowers and IT equipment to minor renovations to buildings. The programme also provides funding towards larger projects in disadvantaged areas. 

“This allows it to be flexible and to respond to what is needed locally,” Deputy Carey explained.

Typical enhancements under the programme could include the purchase of equipment or materials, improvements to town parks and common areas and spaces, CCTV equipment and energy efficiency type projects.

Applications for funding should be made to the Clare Local Community Development Committee who are responsible for administering the scheme at local level with support from Clare County Council.