2024 Community Recognition Fund Launched

  • Further €50 million in funding to support communities that have welcomed people from Ukraine and other countries
  • Funding proposals to be developed in consultation with local communities
  • Brings the total investment under the Community Recognition Fund to €100 million

The Minister for Rural & Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, together with her colleague Minister Joe O Brien, have today (15th March 2024) announced a further €50 million in funding under the Community Recognition Fund.

The Community Recognition Fund was first introduced last year to recognise the huge efforts made by communities in welcoming and supporting people coming to Ireland.

Through the 2023 allocation, funding of €50 million was approved for some 900 projects in supporting cities, towns and villages nationwide that have welcomed people from Ukraine and other countries.

Under today’s announcement, a further €50 million is being provided again to deliver projects over 2024 and 2025.

Local authorities, in collaboration with communities, will be funded to develop projects that will deliver long term benefits to those living in the areas selected.

Projects that will be funded include:

  • Development or refurbishment of community or cultural facilities including play areas, walkways, parks, community/sensory gardens, allotments, and recreational areas;
  • Development or refurbishment of local club and sports facilities;
  • Enhancement to school/parish facilities which are open to use by all of the community after school hours;
  • Purchase of equipment for local clubs, festivals, community events and organisations
  • Transport infrastructure such as community vehicles

In announcing the funding today, Minister for Rural and Community Development, Minister Humphreys said:

“I am very pleased to be in a position to announce an additional €50 million in funding under the Community Recognition Fund. This allocation will double the funding provided by my Department to €100 Million in supporting communities across the country who have responded to the humanitarian crisis in welcoming people from Ukraine and other countries.

“I know communities the length and breadth of the country have really stepped up to the plate in recent months in terms of welcoming families from Ukraine or those seeking asylum from other countries. This funding is about recognising the efforts and the generosity that so many communities have shown during what has been a challenging time for our country.”

Local authorities can submit funding proposals to the Department of Rural & Community Development in phases, which will allow them to respond to changing circumstances during the year.

Also speaking today, Minister O’Brien said:

“The Community Recognition Fund announced today gives local communities across Ireland another opportunity to expand and improve local facilities to continue to meet the needs of communities as they change and develop over time.

“I’d encourage communities to use this funding opportunity to consider projects that will add benefit and help meet local needs in their area.”

The €50 million has been allocated across all local authorities based on the number of new arrivals located there (see allocations below).

Minister Humphreys concluded by saying;

“Good progress is being made in the delivery of projects under the initial allocation of €50 Million in 2023. These are projects which will provide long term benefits to communities for many years, such as community centre enhancements in Athboy in Meath, a walking trail adjoining the amenity park in Swinford in Mayo; and improvement works in the Family Resource Centre in Gorey in Wexford.

“I would encourage community groups in impacted areas to contact their local authority for more details and to discuss potential projects to be funded under this new round of funding.”

The Department has published the full details of the scheme (including funding allocations) here and local authorities are now encouraged to commence engagement with local communities to develop impactful and beneficial community projects in areas with the highest identified level of need.

Community Recognition Fund – links to each Local Authority funding page

Local AuthorityWeblink
Carlow County Councilhttps://carlow.ie/ukrainian-support/community-recognition-fund-scheme-2024
Cavan County CouncilCommunity Recognition Fund 2024 – Cavan County Council (cavancoco.ie)
Clare County Councilhttps://www.clarecoco.ie/services/community/grants/communityrecognitionfund/
Cork City CouncilContact Local Authority for further details
Cork County CouncilContact Local Authority for further details
Donegal County Councilhttps://www.donegalcoco.ie/community/fundingforyourgroup/communityrecognitionfund2024/
Dublin City CouncilCommunity Recognition Fund 2024 Dublin City Council
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Councilhttps://www.dlrcoco.ie/community/community-funding-support/community-recognition-fund
Fingal County Councilhttps://www.fingal.ie/community-recognition-fund-2024
Galway City CouncilGalwayCity – Local Authority Integration Team (LAIT)
Galway County CouncilGalway County Council
Kerry County CouncilContact Local Authority for further details
Kildare County CouncilCommunity Recognition Fund – Kildare County Council (kildarecoco.ie)
Kilkenny County CouncilContact Local Authority for further details
Laois County Councilhttps://laois.ie/departments/community/grants/community-recognition-fund/
Leitrim County CouncilCommunity Recognition Fund – Leitrim County Council (leitrimcoco.ie)
Limerick City & County CouncilContact Local Authority for further details
Longford County CouncilContact Local Authority for further details
Louth County CouncilContact Local Authority for further details
Mayo County CouncilCommunity Recognition Fund 2024 (mayo.ie)
Meath County Councilhttps://www.meath.ie/council/council-services/community/community-grants-and-initiatives/community-recognition-fund
Monaghan County CouncilCommunity Recognition Fund 2024 – Community Development (monaghan.ie)
Offaly County CouncilCommunity Recognition Fund 2024 – Offaly County Council
Roscommon County CouncilCommunity Recognition Fund 2024 – Roscommon County Council (roscommoncoco.ie)
Sligo County CouncilCommunity Recognition Fund 2024 (sligococo.ie)
South Dublin County CouncilSouth Dublin Council
Tipperary County Councilhttps://www.tipperarycoco.ie/community/community-recognition-fund
Waterford City & County CouncilCommunity Grants – Waterford City & County Council (waterfordcouncil.ie)
Westmeath County CouncilWestmeath County Council (WCC) Our Services (westmeathcoco.ie)
Wexford County CouncilCommunity Recognition Fund Wexford County Council (wexfordcoco.ie)
Wicklow County Councilhttps://www.wicklow.ie/Living/Services/Community/Community-Funding-Support/Community-Recognition-Fund-2024

Notes:

The Department of Rural and Community Development was established to promote rural and community development and to support vibrant, inclusive and sustainable communities throughout Ireland.

Its focus is on strengthening community resilience and social cohesion, supporting communities so that they are empowered to face current and future challenges.

The Community Recognition Fund 2024 aims to support the development of community infrastructure and facilities in recognition of the contribution being made by communities across the country in welcoming and hosting significant numbers of arrivals from Ukraine and other countries.

The funding is specifically targeted at projects that are located in communities, towns and villages that are hosting the beneficiaries of Temporary Protection and/or International Protection Applicants.

The Fund will support the development of facilities that will be used by all members of the community. It is separate in its objectives and scope to any other public funding streams which aim to support the development of public service needs arising from the significant number of arrivals from Ukraine.

€50 million is available under the Fund and this was allocated between each local authority based on the number of ‘new arrivals’ located there. The Fund is being administered at a local level by the relevant local authority. Funding proposals, comprising of projects selected and prioritised locally, should be submitted by each local authority in the timeframes advised to the Department of Rural and Community Development for final approval.

The allocations per county are as follows

Local AuthorityCRF 2024 Allocation
Carlow County Council€1,171,621
Cavan County Council€1,155,190
Clare County Council€2,608,408
Cork City Council€1,214,022
Cork County Council€2,014,691
Donegal County Council€3,391,917
Dublin City Council€2,140,584
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown€765,487
Fingal County Council€1,538,573
Galway City Council€1,702,897
Galway County Council€1,303,230
Kerry County Council€3,946,095
Kildare County Council€830,007
Kilkenny County Council€867,987
Laois County Council€1,012,996
Leitrim County Council€2,212,974
Limerick City And County Council€1,400,378
Longford County Council€893,486
Louth County Council€1,317,173
Mayo County Council€2,428,540
Meath County Council€1,188,066
Monaghan County Council€914,972
Offaly County Council€1,055,308
Roscommon County Council€1,002,434
Sligo County Council€1,742,899
South Dublin County Council€2,249,663
Tipperary County Council€1,465,434
Waterford City And County Council€1,436,394
Westmeath County Council€1,740,646
Wexford County Council€1,703,377
Wicklow County Council€1,584,550
Total€50,000,000
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