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Following discussion with the Irish Men’s Shed Association, the Department of Rural and Community Development (“the Department”) has decided to allocate €0.5m to fund capital equipment or minor capital works in Men’s Sheds.
This is a ring-fenced fund, under the existing Community Enhancement Programme. The application process is being administered by Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs).
Applications for this ring-fenced funding can be made on this application form. All Men’s Sheds in Ireland that are affiliated with the Irish Men’s Shed Association are eligible to apply. In addition, applications that were made using the main CEP application form will also be considered.
It envisaged that this funding would, in general, be allocated in a relatively equal manner across Men’s Sheds that submit valid applications. To provide guidance on what this equates to, the total of €0.5m is approximately €1,449 per existing Men’s Shed. This should be used for guidance only, as not all Men’s Sheds might apply, or some might apply for an amount less than the €1,449, or some might apply for funding for an unsuitable project.
The Department operates the Community Enhancement Programme through the Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs). It is a capital grant programme that provides funding to enhance facilities in disadvantaged areas. The Department previously committed to funding of €4.5m for this programme. The €0.5m fund which is ring-fenced for Men’s Sheds is in addition to the €4.5m.
The DLR Grant Scheme provides funding for a diverse range of initiatives from Events, Sports and Heritage to Community, Arts and Business Promotion to assist in the Council’s commitment to Creating an Environment for Economic Growth and Driving Quality of Life for All. The County Council seeks to ensure that the limited financial resources available are used to the maximum benefit of the DLR community at large and support in achieving the Council’s objectives.
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council operates an Universal Grants Scheme designed to support community based initiatives which promote the principles of community development, equality and social inclusion.