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Community Funding

So you’re looking for funding for community projects?

Some ideas are below but more ideas can be viewed at the grants category on my blog.

January: Kieran’s Ward Fund Allocation Call

Cllr. Kieran McCarthy is calling on any community groups in the south east ward of Cork City with an interest in sharing in his ward funding to apply for his funds before the middle of February. A total of E.8,000 is available to community groups through Cllr. Kieran McCarthy’s ward funds. This email should give the name of the organisation, contact name, telephone number, what will the ward grant will be used for?

Ward funds will be prioritised to community groups who build community capacity, educate, build civic awareness and projects, which connect the young and old. Cllr. McCarthy especially welcomes proposals where the funding will be used to run a community event that benefits the wider community. In addition, he is seeking to fund projects that give people new skill sets. That could include anything from part funding of coaching training for sports projects to groups interested in bringing enterprise programmes to encourage entrepreneurship to the ward. Cllr. McCarthy is also particularly interested in funding community projects such as community concerts, coffee mornings and those that promote the rich history and environment within the south east ward. More guidelines can be viewed at


May: Local Agenda 21 Funding:May: Environmental Project Funding


Independent Cllr Kieran McCarthy is calling on communities, individuals, not for profit groups, or organisations to avail of this year’s Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund – The Department of the Environment is offering funding towards projects or initiatives that contribute to increasing local levels of environmental awareness; or those which promote building greener, more sustainable communities.

Commenting Cllr McCarthy noted: “A wide variety of projects and schemes have been supported under the Fund in previous years ranging from community gardens, allotments and compost schemes to rainwater harvesting systems – from ecological educational initiatives to environmental exhibitions. Projects should focus on environmental awareness and actions which complement national environmental policies such as those on Waste, Biodiversity, Climate Change and Sustainable Development”.

Application forms and further information on the Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund and can be obtained from the Department’s website Under the environment section. Completed forms should be returned to the relevant local authority.


April: Community Maintenance Grants

Cllr Kieran McCarthy is calling on Community Associations, Residents Associations and other organisations in Blackrock and Mahon to avail of funding for Community Area Maintenance Grants. Grants are intended to fund or part-fund community initiatives with a litter prevention focus.

Cllr Kieran McCarthy noted there are currently four litter wardens for the entire city and because of the economy an embargo on recruiting extra staff exists. That means the current litter wardens are struggling to police the city’s litter problem. In that light it is important that the local community also take care of the aesthetics of their local area.

The community grants available are ideal for community groups and in particular city schools, which I feel should be engaging more in community awareness schemes making their students aware or the importance of citizenship and social responsibility.”

Application forms Environment Department, Room 232, City Hall Cork,  telephone 4966222 ext. 4308, 4299, or from *********************************************

April: Artist in the Community Grant Schemes:


Cork City Council Arts Office invites applications for the following Grant Schemes


Project Scheme

Individual Artist Bursary Award

Community Arts Development Fund 



The Project Scheme provides direct funding for professional arts projects across all disciplines.  The projects must not already be in receipt of funding from any other scheme administered by the Arts Office. 


The Individual Artist Bursary Award supports the development of individual artists.  Applications must be in respect of the professional development of individual practicing artists, arts administrators, and/ or arts and cultural theorists.


The Community Arts Development fund provides research/development and project funding to individuals and groups in the community/voluntary sector for arts projects and for artists who want to undertake projects with and in the community.


Cork City Council’s Arts and Cultural Development Plan 2009-2014 is available to download on our website Grant aid is distributed in accordance with these policies and strategies. 


Applications should be made on the official application forms, which are available from the Arts Office, Recreation, Amenity and Culture, City Hall. Cork. Application forms are also available from and by email from




April: Community Maintenance Grants Scheme, Cork City Council



March: Twinning Grants Available

Cork City Council has an open call for providing grants to Cork city based groups who are willing to pursue activities to promote the twinning links between any of the twinned cities subject to certain conditions. Cork city is twinned with 6 cities, Cologne, Germany, Coventry, United Kingdom, Rennes, France, San Francisco, U.S.A., Swansea, Wales and Shanghai, China.

Chair of the San Francisco sub-committee on the Cork side, Cllr Kieran McCarthy noted “ In particular I am seeking projects that strengthen the links between San Francisco and Cork in the guise of an arts/ cultural/ heritage project. Also I would like to see the Cork Swansea twinning relationship blossom because of the Ferry. The twinning grant scheme is an ideal source of funding to get ideas off the ground and connect Cork people to other cities of international importance. The nature of the activity may be community based, voluntary, social, business, cultural, educational, sporting or of general social and economic benefit”.

An activity which is likely to develop and deepen links and generate new contacts with a twinned city will be given extra consideration. The twinning activity may involve travelling to a twinned city but travel is not a pre-requisite for awarding a grant. The maximum grant awarded is €1,270. All applications must be supported by detailed programmes and financial projections.

Application forms, together with the conditions applying, are available from the Reception Desk, Cork City Council, City Hall, Cork or alternatively phone tel. (021) 4924037.  





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