atest press release from Steven Matthews TD, issued on Tuesday, June 21st 2022…
Green Party TD Steven Matthews has welcomed the news that €282,686 has been allocated across 123 community groups in Wicklow under the Community Activities fund announced by Green Party Minister for State with Responsibility for Community Development and Charities, Joe O’ Brien.
This funding has been allocated to assist with the running costs of the groups as well as to support the improvement of facilities.
Speaking following the funding announcement, Deputy Matthews said: “I am delighted to see that this funding has been allocated to 123 community groups across Wicklow. I hope that this support will provide some assistance to these groups who play a vital role in our county. The last 2 years have shown us just how important these groups are in ensuring a sense of community and togetherness for people across Wicklow. I have had the opportunity to visit a number of these groups in recent months and it is clear that the role they play is invaluable.”
Some of the groups that have received funding are as follows:
● Ashford Development Association Ltd (€10,000) ● Bray Travellers Community Development Group (€1,000) ● Nazarene Community Church Greystones (€1,500) ● Wicklow Triple A Alliance (€4,960) ● Delgany Tidy Towns (€2,000) ● Newcastle Community Centre CGL (€4,000) ● Newcastle Community First Responders (€1,000) ● Open Door (€1,345)
Deputy Matthews added, “I would like to congratulate all of the groups around Wicklow that have been awarded this funding. I know that the pandemic posed particular challenges in terms of fundraising, the continued payment of fixed costs such as insurance and maintaining engagement with members and I hope that this funding goes some way towards alleviating these concerns.
“This funding comes as part of wider Government investment plans in local projects and I will liaise directly with Wicklow County Council on all future funding opportunities. I look forward to continuing my work with a number of the local community groups that received this funding.
“If any other community group leaders want to get in touch I would be more than happy to engage with them to discuss future grant options or any other concerns they have in relation to the day to day running of their group,” concluded Deputy Matthews.
Full list of 123 community group funding totals here.