Community Enhancement Programme

The Community Enhancement Programme (CEP), which is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development, will provide €4.5 million of grant funding in 2019 towards enhancing the facilities available to disadvantaged communities.  The CEP is a flexible, streamlined and targeted approach to providing funding to those communities most in need.

The programme provides capital funding to communities across Ireland to enhance facilities in disadvantaged areas. Some funding is ring-fenced for smaller projects, from lawnmowers and IT equipment to minor renovations to buildings. The CEP also provides funding towards larger projects in disadvantaged areas. Typical enhancements under the programme could include the renovation of community centres, community amenities, improvements to town parks, common areas and spaces, CCTV equipment and energy efficiency-type projects.

The CEP is administered by the 33 Local Community Development Committees across the country, with support from the Local Authority in each area.  They advertise for suitable projects and provide details on how to apply in each area.  The closing date for the 2019 programme is 30th May 2019. You can find your Local Community development Committee by clicking here.

A list of projects supported by the 2018 CEP can be found by clicking here.

For details on the 2019 funding provided to each local authority area please see the below table.


​Local Authority Amount
Carlow €134,206
Cavan €134,757
Clare €139,257
Cork City €149,241
Cork €160,762
Donegal €159,461
Dublin City €212,306
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown €142,108
Fingal €150,521
Galway City €132,455
Galway €143,401
Kerry €142,409
Kildare €148,013
Kilkenny €136,319
Laois €136,524
Leitrim €129,223
Limerick €152,942
Longford €132,385
Louth €145,542
Mayo €145,203
Meath €142,893
Monaghan €132,571
Offaly €138,550
Roscommon €133,301
Sligo €134,084
South Dublin €169,399
Tipperary €149,690
Waterford €144,499
Westmeath €136,571
Wexford €150,065
Wicklow €141,343

The Community Enhancement Programme is the result of a review, and subsequent amalgamation, of two pre-existing schemes (the Communities Facilities Scheme and the 2017 re-cast RAPID programme).  Combination of the schemes made for a more flexible, streamlined and targeted approach to providing funding to those communities most in need.  The report on the review is available here.