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Council Granted Funding For Disadvantaged Urban Areas

Council receives funding picPictured is Fingal County Council’s Director for Economic, Enterprise and Tourism Development, Ed Hearne (6th from right back row) with Fingal’s Local Community Development Committee after the announcement that the Council were to receive funding for disadvantaged urban developments

The County Council has been granted €64,000 of funding for disadvantaged urban areas as part of the RAPID (Revitalising Areas by Planning, Investment and Development) Scheme 2017.

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, TD announced the launch of the RAPID scheme, which sees €2 million being distributed nationally across each Local Authority area.

The objective of the RAPID Scheme is to improve the quality of life for residents in disadvantaged urban areas and address the social and economic issues brought about by disadvantage. The funding will be used to support projects that create tangible benefits for affected communities in Fingal.

County Mayor Cllr Mary McCamley welcomed the scheme saying: “I look forward to seeing the progress that can be made in tackling the problems that arise as a result of urban disadvantage. We see that some areas of Fingal have less services and resources than others and this funding will contribute to addressing this to allow residents of urban areas access greater opportunities within their own communities.”

The Scheme is being administered by Fingal’s Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) who will allocate the funding to the most suitable communities.

Council Chief Executive Paul Reid said: “I am confident that the LCDC will distribute this funding on behalf of Fingal County Council to the most deserving groups in the urban areas across the county. This funding offers a great opportunity to underpin our work in developing sustainable communities and offering residents the resources and supports that will improve their quality of life.”

Locally based community and voluntary groups in disadvantaged urban areas, including provincial towns, as well as projects aimed at improving the quality of life for residents in disadvantaged urban areas will be considered eligible to apply. Capital projects only will be considered.