The Community Activities Fund (CAF) was announced by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphries T.D. on the 11th November 2021.
The Community Activities Fund is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development. Please see the following link for a press release on the launch of the CAF at national level by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, and the Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities, Joe O’Brien TD: https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/c53a9-ministers-humphreys-and-obrien-announce-9-million-community-activities-fund/
This €9m fund is being provided by the Government to support community and voluntary groups impacted by Covid-19, with €284,216 being allocated to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. This once-off fund will be allocated under the Department’s Community Enhancement Programme and in order to ensure there is sufficient flexibility to allow funding to be targeted to where it is needed in each Local Authority area it will be administered locally by the Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs).
The Community Activities Fund will support groups, particularly in disadvantaged areas:
- With their non-pay running costs, for example, utility bills (electricity costs, refuse charges, heating charges) or other non-pay operating costs for example rental/lease costs, insurance bills.
- Groups will also be able to use the funding to carry out necessary repairs and improvements to their facilities, purchase equipment for example tables and chairs, tools and signage, laptops and printers, lawnmowers, canopies and training equipment etc.
Community Groups are invited to submit applications for the CAF through the DLR online grants submission system - https://dlrcoco.submit.com/show/178. Note that the upper limit for any grant application is set at €10,000 and the application deadline is the 18th February 2022. All applications will be assessed by the LCDC and the applicants notified of the results in late March 2022.
Guidelines for applicants can be viewed here: https://www.dlrcoco.ie/sites/default/files/atoms/files/dlr_guidelines_for_community_activities_fund_under_cep_2021.pdf