1. General Purpose of the Scheme
Wexford County Council may pay voluntary organisations grants to help them finance the carrying out of works of public amenity value, social inclusion, voluntary and other community services or events of an artistic or cultural nature. State Funded Bodies, such as schools and HSE bodies, are no longer eligible to apply for funding under this Scheme.
2. Type of Project that will qualify
Any project may be considered provided that it does not form part of a housing estate constructed by a local authority or private persons, and is designed to improve community facilities for recreation and leisure pursuits, for the protection or improvement of natural or man-made amenities or for the enhancement of the appearance of the area concerned.
Works that will qualify include:
- Promoting Social Inclusion
- Small Scale Village Improvements
- Community Development Initiatives
- Voluntary Projects & Initiatives.
- Promoting Local Heritage
- Planting of trees, shrubs, landscaping
- Promoting an interest in the Arts, e.g., Stage Productions, Music, Arts & Craft Exhibitions, Public Recitals & Performances, Arts Workshops, Participatory Arts Projects etc.
The "Arts" include painting, sculpture, architecture, music, drama, dance, literature, film etc.
Please note this Grant Scheme is not intended to fund large scale capital projects.
3. Submission of applications to Local Authority
Applications for grant assistance should be returned to the Borough/Municipal District Office in your area. Details of Office addresses, etc., are included in Grant Application Form.
4. Payment of Grants
If your application is successful for funding, you will be asked to submit Receipts for the works carried out to the value of the Grant. Receipts will only be accepted if they are made out in the name of the Applicant Group and not individuals. Please note, Receipts or paid Invoices should ONLY be submitted. Bills or Invoices not clearly paid are not acceptable.
If your application is successful and awarded a Grant, please note that the Grant Payment will ONLY be made out in the name of the Organisation you have specified on your Application Form. Please ensure that this name is the same name as on the Organisation’s bank account. The work will be subject to general oversight and inspection by the County Council.
5. Tax, Legal Affairs, Insurances & Planning Permissions
All applications must comply with current requirements in relation to planning issues, finance and taxation, health & safety, environment, insurance and employment legislation. Contractors engaged to undertake work must have a current C2 or Tax Clearance Certificate.
Applicant bodies are reminded that where planning permission is required for any project proposed to be carried out under the scheme, such permission must be obtained before the work can legally be commenced. The Local Authority will advise on the procedure to be followed.
Section 891b of the Taxes Consolidation Act requires specified persons (which includes local authorities) to automatically report electronically, on an annual basis, the details of payees to whom relevant payments are made. Therefore, applicants who will be in receipt of a grant may be asked for a tax reference number - The Tax reference number effectively is any reference recognised by the Revenue Commissioners as a valid tax reference number e.g. VAT No., PPS No Sub-contractors Tax reference number etc. The format of a tax reference number is 1234567T (8digits – 7 numeric followed by a single alpha)
An allocation of grant funding under this Scheme, in any one year, does not automatically qualify an applicant for funding in any subsequent year, i.e., a new application needs to be submitted each year.
Failure to submit receipts may result in the non-payment of the grant and/or disqualification for future funding under this Scheme.
Please note that your application must be completed and submitted on or before 5:00pm, Friday, 11th February, 2022.