Each year Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council opens a grant funding scheme, known as the dlr Grants Scheme, that provides funding to individuals, groups and organisations engaged in projects, events or initiatives at a neighbourhood or County level within our area. It has a particular emphasis on supporting locally driven and grass roots initiatives. The scheme aims to assist locally run projects that promote growth and development in sports of all types, the arts, our local heritage, environmental protection, cultural festivals, events, community-based initiatives and local business promotion. This scheme can assist the development of projects and initiatives to help them achieve their full potential.
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The elected Councillors agree on a budget each year out of which the dlr Grants Scheme is managed by Council staff. Applications are all administered via a dedicated portal on the Council our website. In order to ensure good governance and transparency there are a number of general guidelines that refer to applying for the grants and some additional guidelines around specific grant categories. This helps ensure that the Council is supporting the very best in the development of our communities. The Scheme has been advertised since the beginning of September, opened online for applications in mid-September and will close for applications on Wednesday 16 October. The levels of grant funding varies per grant category.
Speaking at the opening of the dlr Grants Scheme for 2020, An Cathaoirleach for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Cllr. Shay Brennan said:
The dlr Grants Scheme is of real assistance to community groups and local people with innovative initiatives in a wide variety of fields and pursuits. Over the last number of years the budget for the scheme has grown year-on-year and, as a local Councillor, I have witnessed firsthand the benefit it brings to our communities. I would recommend anybody in the dlr area, who thinks that some aspect of their community could benefit, to consider applying for grant funding through the scheme.