Closes 29th of August – Community Centres Fund

  • Grants of up to €100,000 available to upgrade existing Community Centres
  • Wide range of works eligible for funding including Refurbishment of Kitchens & Toilets, Upgrades to Windows & Doors, Energy Efficiency Upgrades & Improving access for people with disabilities

Who can apply?

Applications can be from Community Organisations, for the purposes of improving community centres. Community Centres can be defined as:

“A building that is managed by a community-based organisation which is open to and used by a broad range of individuals and groups within the local community for group activities such as social events, information/supports and recreation.

It can be a facility where the community rent or make the hall available to various local groups and may have facilities such as shared kitchen, small or large meeting room, stage, large hall etc.

The centre may be a single purpose organisation (e.g. youth, elderly, sports, religious), but the applicant must be able to clearly demonstrate that they are open to, and used by, the wider community to a good extent.

Organisations must have been established a minimum of 2 years prior to the application opening date to be eligible to apply for funding under this grant.

Eligible organisations who wish to apply must demonstrate that the centre is currently used by community groups. The fund is for refurbishment of existing premises.

Applicants must be not for profit community and voluntary organisations.

Both incorporated and unincorporated organisations can apply for either Category 1 or Category 2 grants.

Applicants cannot apply for more than one grant. Applications for multiple locations on one application form will not be accepted.

  • Online Registration Portal now Open at this webpage

The ‘Community Centre Investment Fund 2024 – Refurbishment’ will provide grants for projects from €10,000 up to a maximum of €100,000 towards capital costs.

This is broken down into two categories of funding:

  • Category 1: Small scale projects/improvements to facilities: €10,000 – €25,000.
  • Category 2: Larger scale projects: €25,001 to €100,000.

SEE HERE FOR FULL DETAILS

The scheme will be delivered in conjunction with Pobal.

All applicants must register as ‘users’ on the online portal here in advance of the application process which will open on 29th July 2024. Groups that applied for this fund previously will not need to register again but should check that their details are still correct.

Groups are strongly advised to get their application and paperwork ready in advance of the application process opening on 29th July.

The closing date for applications will be 29th August 2024.

There will be a number of online information events to assist potential applicants, the first of which will take place on:

Tuesday 25th June from 12:30-2pm