Tuesday, 16 June 2020
Department of Rural and Community Development
Community Enhancement Programme
946. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development the number of women's sheds groups that applied for and were successful under the most recent community enhancement fund; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11527/20]
Men's Sheds provide a valuable service, strengthening communities by bringing people together and helping to tackle social isolation. Recently a number of Women’s Sheds have emerged, and in order to support this positive development, I ring-fenced funding under the 2019 Community Enhancement Programme(CEP) for both Men's and Women's Sheds.
This provided €0.5 million of small capital grants to Sheds throughout Ireland to carry out minor capital works or to purchase equipment. In total 372 Men’s and Women’s Sheds were allocated funding, this included 33 Women’s Shed Groups.