Thursday, 17 December 2020
Department of Rural and Community Development
Community Enhancement Programme
62. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development the projects supported by her Department in counties Meath and Louth in 2020 under the community enhancement programme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [43610/20]
The Community Enhancement Programme provides small capital grants to enhance facilities in disadvantaged areas.
I launched two rounds of the programme this year, the first in April with funding of €2m and the second in August with funding of €5m from the Government's July Stimulus Package.
Under the programme, funding is allocated to each Local Authority area taking account of the deprivation level in each area. The Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) then administers the programme to ensure funding is provided locally to the groups and areas that need it most.
In 2020, under the Community Enhancement Programme, County Meath received €220,477 in total and County Louth received €234,613.
The list of projects or groups that were approved in 2020 in Meath and Louth is being collected from the LCDCs and I will provide this to the Deputy separately. 59 groups or projects were approved for Louth and 60 were approved for Meath.