The Local Enhancement Programme is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development. Please see the following link for a press release on the launch of the LEP 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: gov.ie - Ministers Humphreys and Joe O’Brien announce €6 million Fund to support community groups across the country ring-fenced to support women’s groups and focus on disadvantaged areas with a key focus of ‘Our Rural Future’ gov - Ministers Humphreys and O’Brien announce €6 million Department of Rural & Community Development Local Enhancement Programme 2024 (www.gov.ie)
The Local Enhancement Programme is a Capital fund to support groups, particularly in disadvantaged areas to carry out necessary repairs and improvements to their facilities and purchase of equipment for community use. The funding may also be used but not limited to improved access for persons with a disability, enhancing community participation for disadvantaged and marginalised groups and improving energy efficiency of community facilities.
The Local Enhancement Programme Women’s Groups is a capital grant to provide funding towards women’s groups to carry out necessary repairs and improvements to their facilities and purchase of equipment. The programme will also fund or partially fund larger scale projects to address disadvantage.
Interim Director of Service of the Cork City LCDC, David O’Brien, welcomed the 2024 Local Enhancement Fund:
“Cork City Council welcomes this round of funding for community projects across our city. The funding, from national government and carried out through Cork City Local Community Development Committee, is aimed at grassroots projects who deliver a vast range of important and quality services and supports locally. These grants will provide much needed additional funding to communities, especially in disadvantaged areas”.
Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 p.m. 27th February 2024.