Cash boost to help groups cope with Covid

Ballyspillane Residents’ Association will receive funding for additional lighting in the estate

A NUMBER of community projects in Killarney are to benefit from a total allocation of €62,534 from the Community Enhancement Programme.

The Kerry Parents and Friends Association is to get a boost of €1,000 to help purchase fogging machine for its fleet of buses to allow the transport to be sanitised quickly and to promote infection control.

The Parents of Friends will also receive €1000 for online training supports for parents and guardians to enable them to provide further assistance to their family members.

The Ballydribeen Residents’ Association will get €1,000 to purchase and install two community notice boards, one outside the community house and another close to the main entrance, to help keep residents informed of various issues.

Volunteers with the Killarney Water Rescue Unit which will receive a grant for specialist training

Kilcummin Looking Good will get €750 to provide signage to promote a biodiversity walk while the Killarney Men’s Sheds has been approved for €470 to install extra security measures to ensure contact tracing is available.

Killarney Water Rescue will get €750 for specialist training purposes and Killarney Celtic FC is to receive €500 to help fund thermal heating, cleaning products, signs and dispensers to combat the threat of Covid-19.

The Community Enhancement Programme is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and administered by a sub-committee of Kerry County Council, chaired by Cllr Niall Kelleher.

Cllr Niall Kelleher: Committee chair

He welcomed the confirmation of the allocations which, he said, would go to very worthwhile community projects who will most certainly put the funding to very good use.

“It’s important to remember that this is just the first round of funding so any community body that wishes to be considered for the next phase, even those whose applications were unsuccessful on this occasion, should ensure they apply,” Cllr Kelleher stated.

In Kerry, it was agreed that the funding under the programme would be targeted at Covid-19 related capital expenditure as well as to continue support to for initiatives under Kerry’s Age Friendly Programme.

A total of 72 projects countywide have been approved for funding under the scheme and the range of projects supported include Covid-19 capital related expenditure, hand hygiene and safety measures at public amenities, purchase of IT equipment for community usage and to facilitate training for older people.

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