Leader Consultation with local communities

Carlow County Development Partnership was delighted to see such a great turnout at the recent Leader consultation with communities at Mount Wolseley on. Facilitated by Mary Walsh CEO, the presentation included the latest statistics from the 2016 census which proved to be of great interest to all concerned.


Proposals for Festivals Targetting a National Audience Deadline

Carlow County Development Partnership CLG is currently seeking expressions of interests from Festivals which target a national audience. Deadline for receipt of Expressions of Interest is the 13th of October 2017. For Further details: 


Confined call for proposals of a community nature in specific disadvantaged geographic areas.

Carlow County Development Partnership CLG

Confined call for proposals of a community nature in specific disadvantaged geographic areas.

The socio-economic profile of Carlow and the consultation process undertaken by Carlow County Development Partnership CLG for the National Rural Development (LEADER) Programme identified a number of geographic areas in Carlow that required more tailored interventions to address socio-economic challenges in their communities.

These geographic areas are;

  • Rathvilly,
  • Hacketstown,
  • Graiguecullen,
  • Bagenalstown and,
  • the Tullow Road Area in Carlow Town

The aforementioned community consultation has already identified the need to provide a range of flexible and outreached actions to support the above named geographic areas including, but not limited to;

  • Completion of training needs analysis
  • Provision of training, including professional expertise & mentors to enable groups to complete local resource audits/challenges and opportunities.
  • Development of local community action plans
  • Training and development to assist community groups to successfully undertake capital projects
  • Feasibility study to identify optimal build/design or service delivery approach
  • Project management support
  • Grant aid for capital works

Capital works may attract up to 90% grant aid of eligible invoiced costs while training and mentoring may attract up to 100% grant aid of eligible invoiced costs.  Maximum Grant aid is €200,000 for capital works and training.  Research/feasibility maximum grant is €30,000.

Before we develop a programme of supports for the above geographic areas and publish a call for proposals, we want to ensure that we fully understand your needs.

In this regard, Community Groups from the above geographic areas are invited to attend a meeting on Monday, 18th of September, 2017 at 7 pm in Mount Wolseley Tullow to discuss the nature and scale of specific supports needed in their communities and which also can be addressed by the National Rural Development (LEADER) Programme.

It is expected the meeting will start at 7 pm and conclude no later than 8.15 pm

At the conclusion of the meeting, those in attendance will be clear as to whether the National Rural Development (LEADER) Programme can support their proposal(s) and the steps involved in accessing support.

For queries, please contact Elaine at 059  9720733


LEADER Support for Ballon Community Centre

Ballon Community Centre is a thriving hub of activities most days of the week. It boasts a spacious, modern hall complete with attractive wooden floor, which at 500 square meters, is licensed for occupancy by up to 500 people. Sports activities that are held there include athletics, badminton, basketball, bowls, fitness classes, GAA, martial arts and soccer.
The venue is perfect also for parties, dances, fairs, shows, concerts, public entertainment, conferences and much much more. Full use of the main hall, viewing area, kitchen, tables, chairs, multi media facilities and hi-tech sound system is available. .

The Centre was originally built in 1976 thanks to the voluntary work and the fundraising efforts undertaken by members of the community at that time. Since then the Centre has been a focal point of community activity and has been host to an endless number of social, family and sporting gatherings.   A complete redevelopment of the Centre was undertaken in 2013 resulting in the superb facility that exists today. The redevelopment project was made possible again thanks to years of planning, fundraising and voluntary work undertaken by members of the community. Carlow County Development Partnership is always delighted to support the energy within communities and individuals to bring about positive change in their areas and provided mentoring to the group to submit an application for funding to the LEADER Programme which resulted in substantial financial support being received under the Rural Development Programme.

 

Padraig Lalor acknowledged the support of the LEADER Programme:

"At Ballon Community Centre we are indebted to LEADER for the valuable advice and support which they provided towards the redevelopment of our Centre. Apart from offering generous financial assistance, we benefited from LEADER’s encouragement and experience as they helped us with our early plans and guided us through all stages to completion of the project. As a result, we are very fortunate to have a state of the art Community & Sports Centre which is widely used by all age groups and has had an enormously positive impact on our community.”