Communities Facilities Scheme

The RAPID Programme and the Community Facilities Scheme have now amalgamated to become the Community Enhancement Progamme (CEP).

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About the Communities Facilities Scheme

Under the 2017 Communities Facilities Scheme, Community groups in disadvantaged urban and rural areas could apply for funding for relevant projects:

  • The Scheme had a national allocation of €2m for 2017, up to €1,000 per project.
  • It provided small-scale grants for community groups all across Ireland
  • It operated alongside other schemes and programmes already in place in communities, but groups can only use this funding for capital projects, or part of a capital project

Examples of projects, or parts of projects, that were eligible for this capital funding included:

  • Office equipment
  • Project resources
  • Research facilities
  • Energy efficiency equipment

The Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) and Municipal District in each Local Authority administered the Scheme on behalf of the Department.

Some rules for the 2017 Communities Facilities Scheme are outlined below:

  1. The Communities Facilities Scheme funding was only for capital projects, or capital parts of projects
  2. In cases where both current and capital works were carried out together, only the capital part could get funding from this Scheme
  3. Groups were required to apply for funding to the Local Authority in which they are based, using the application form provided at the link below
  4. Match-funding from other sources was not required in order to be approved for a grant
  5. The Scheme offered grants up to a maximum of €1,000 per project.

How to apply

This scheme is now closed to applications. Following a review in 2018 this scheme and the RAPID Programme were amalgamated to the Community Enhancement Programme. The Community Enhancement Programme is open to applications to the end of July. Please contact your Local Community Development Committee for details.