Thursday, May 30, 2013

Doherty encourages Meath groups to apply for Caring Communities grants


Fine Gael Meath East TD, Regina Doherty, has today (Thursday) encouraged community groups in Meath to apply for funding under the Caring Communities initiative, which is run by the Community Foundation for Ireland.

“This is the second round of Caring Communities grants, and this time around awards will be made under four categories; LGBT communities, youth unemployment, emergency respite care and older people. The grants are aimed at funding innovative projects and successful applicants are encouraged to work with other grantees to share their learning and experience.

“The Community Foundation, which is a charitable organisation, has given out more than €12 million in grants since it was established in 2000. This latest round of grants will allow a range of groups to benefit from extra funding, and I would encourage community organisations in Meath to check out if they are eligible to apply.

“It is the first time that grants are being made available for youth unemployment initiatives. Funding will be made available to groups who engage with young people who aren’t in training, employment or education. Respite care grants will be given to those not currently receiving support from the State, while grants will also be targeted at projects which help older people engage in advocacy roles and active citizenship.

“The Community Foundation has been a long supporter of the LGBT foundation. As part of this round of grants, the Foundation will support groups working with the LGBT sector.

“I would encourage groups in Meath to explore whether they could benefit from the Community Foundation’s benevolence. More information can be found at www.foundation.ie.”

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