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Community Enhancement Programme

Details below in relation to the Community Enhancement Programme 2020


The Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) provides funding to community groups across Ireland to enhance facilities in disadvantaged areas. 

The CEP is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development (the Department) and administered by the Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) in each Local Authority area.

 The Department provides funding to each Local Authority (LA) area and the LCDCs then administer this funding locally to ensure funding is targeted appropriately towards addressing disadvantage in the areas that need it most.

 It is important to note that other agencies and departments also invest in disadvantaged areas. The CEP will operate in a complementary manner to add value to other front-line schemes and programmes being operated in communities.

 The Department has recommended that LCDCs ring-fence some funding to provide small capital grants of €1,000 or less. This is aimed at assisting small grassroots community projects to get off the ground. Ring-fencing funding at this level will allow a larger volume of those with limited resources to receive some funding. The programme can also fund or partially fund larger scale capital projects to address disadvantage.

 Applications can be made to the relevant LCDC by 5.00 p.m. on Friday 18th September 2020.

Capital expenditure on adaptations or equipment needed as a result of COVID-19 may be eligible, depending on the work being completed.

How to Apply?

Applications for funding can now be made under this Programme to the relevant LCDC by 5pm on Thursday, 30th May, 2019.

Application Forms are available from:

The Council’s website

Or from

Community, Cultural & Social Development,
Wicklow County Council,
Wicklow Town,
A67 FW96

Phone: 0404 20208

Community Enhancement Programme 2020 Application Form



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