Community Support Schemes
Galway County Council has allocated more than €2m over the last number of years to fund a diverse range of events and projects under these Schemes, and a further €252,500 has been allocated in the Council’s Annual Budget for 2019. Applications are invited from Community and Voluntary “not for profit” Groups for funding towards activities and events which benefit local communities throughout the county, and support sustainable economic, community and cultural development.
Support Scheme for Economic Development:
A. Festivals and Participative Events
The aim of this category is to support non-profit community & voluntary organisations to deliver a diverse range of high-quality, innovative, and ambitious festivals and participative events, with social, cultural, tourism and economic benefits to the county.
B. Economic Development Initiatives
The aim of this category is to support non-profit Groups and Business Representative Groups/Chambers of Commerce who are carrying out local initiatives to create new business opportunities or works to enhance the visitor and retail experience.
Support Scheme for Community Development:
A. Community Amenities and Facilities
The aim of this category is to develop and enhance local amenities and recreation areas, in addition to carrying out small-scale improvements to community-owned facilities/buildings.
B. Social Inclusion Measures
The aim of this category is to provide support for community and voluntary groups to focus on activities or services to help disadvantaged or socially excluded groups. This might include participation in social events, Bealtaine Events, Age-Friendly innovations. Preference will be given to those actively involving participants from disadvantaged or excluded groups or located in disadvantaged areas.
Support Scheme for Cultural Development:
A. Arts Act Grants
The aim of this category is to provide financial assistance to voluntary arts groups/organisations to carry out an arts activity or project (not festivals) within the community.
B. Heritage Grants
The aim of this category is to support voluntary community and heritage groups/organisations to undertake heritage activities, events and projects, which will be of benefit to the community.
C. Irish Language Promotional Activities
The aim of this category is to encourage non-profit Groups and Organisations to organize activities, projects, workshops or classes, which will a) increase the knowledge of Irish, b) create opportunities for the use of Irish and c) foster positive attitudes towards its use.
This scheme is closed for 2019.