2024 Community Recognition Fund Launched

Posted on 19 Mar 2024

The Government has announced a further €50 million in funding under the Community Recognition Fund. The 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 the recent announcement, a further €50 million is being provided again to deliver projects between 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.

Commenting on the announcement Ivan Cooper, CEO of The Wheel, said, "The Wheel welcomes the announcement of this significant fund, providing much-needed amenities for communities across Ireland. Investment in additional services such as healthcare, accommodation, childcare, education, and employment support, in line with our commitments under the Temporary Protection Directive, is also required and we look forward to working with the Government, our members and our sector colleagues to ensure that all communities are fully and meaningfully supported."

Projects that will be funded through the  Community Recognition Fund 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.

The Department of Rural and Community Development has published the full details of the scheme (including funding allocations) online 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.