This afternoon, Friday 1 March 2019, Wexford Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) and Wexford County Council welcomed seventy community groups to an event at the Council’s headquarters to mark the allocation of funding of almost €280,000 under the Community Enhancement Programme 2018.
Funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development, the aim of the Programme is to enhance communities, address disadvantage and improve social cohesion at a local level.
€180,000 was allocated to 32 communities to support the development of Smart Villages through improved use of the local community centre/facilities while a further 38 communities received grant aid of almost €99,000 for small-scale capital projects to improve community hubs/centres in their respective areas.
Items funded under the Smart Villages measure ranged from ICT equipment to audio visual presentation with emphasis on increased use of digital technologies, telecommunication technologies, digital innovations, and access to high speed broadband and ICT office equipment to facilitate e-learning and enable access to on-line services e.g. motor tax on line, revenue services, government returns - all within a local community setting.
Under the Community Hubs measure, the LCDC sought to support projects which mostly operate out of buildings/facilities from which multi-purpose, community led services are delivered. Approved projects ranged from the upgrade of community facilities and related energy upgrades to provision of defibrillators and community wide recreational facilities supporting healthy lifestyles.
Welcoming the announcement, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Councillor Keith Doyle, paid tribute to all local community groups and associations across County Wexford and commended them on their continuing efforts to improve their local areas.
Chairperson of Wexford LCDC, Cllr. Kathleen Codd-Nolan, also warmly welcomed the announcement of funding for all the local groups and said the LCDC looks forward to supporting communities all across as they respond to local needs in a spirit of collaboration and cooperation in order to achieve their goals.
The Community Department of Wexford County Council administered the Community Enhancement Scheme during 2018 on behalf of the LCDC.