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Community Recognition Fund 2024

The Minister for Rural & Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, together with her colleague Minister Joe O’Brien TD, have announced a further €50 million in national funding under the Community Recognition Fund to deliver projects over 2025 and 2026.

The Community Recognition Fund was first introduced last year to recognise the huge efforts made by communities in welcoming and supporting people coming to Ireland.

Wicklow County Council has been allocated €1,584,550 under the 2024 Community Recognition Fund.

The Community Recognition Fund 2024 aims to support the development of community infrastructure and facilities for the entire community, in recognition of the contribution being made by communities across the country in welcoming and hosting significant numbers of arrivals from Ukraine and other countries.  

The scheme details set out that only areas which have high levels of new arrivals will be deemed eligible for this scheme.  

Wicklow County Council is seeking expressions of interest for project proposals from community groups in areas where large numbers of citizens from other countries are currently living.  Projects to be funded will be capital in nature, deliver medium to long term benefits for the communities in which they are located, and be capable of being delivered over the course of 2025 to 2026.

Projects that will be funded include:

·         Development, enhancement or refurbishment of community or cultural facilities including play areas, walkways, parks, community/sensory gardens, allotments, and recreational areas.

·         Development, enhancement or refurbishment of local club and sports facilities including facilities such as community swimming pools, changing rooms, toilets, digital aids such as score / information boards etc.

·         Enhancement to school/parish facilities which are open to use by all of the community after school hours.

·         Purchase of equipment for local clubs, festivals, community events and organisations e.g. music, arts or sports equipment.

·         Transport infrastructure such as the purchase of community vehicles, bus shelters and attendant information boards; (any vehicle funded must be in good condition and not more than 5 years old)

·         Projects that help address dereliction and/or wider local economic and community development objectives.

·         Purchase and refurbishment of vacant or derelict buildings for community use where a clear need is identified. 

·         Purchase of land and associated works for the development of community facilities such as play areas/ MUGAs or town parks/ community gardens, recreational areas etc. (purchases must only be administered by the local authority). 

The application process is now open for submissions.  Applications will be accepted until 4pm on Friday, 10th May 2024.  

An information session will be held online on 18th April 2024 at 5.30pm. Registration is available by clicking here.

Application Process

Interested groups should consider the requirements of the project, possible costs involved and plan their application carefully.  The funding will be a competitive process and, where numerous applications come from areas that are identified as high need, groups should endeavour to answer all parts of the application form fully.  Projects should be specific, timebound, show clear costings and planning throughout and be achievable within the timeframes involved.  Any planning issues should be clearly identified. 

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 4.00 p.m. on 10th May 2024.  

The Department of Rural and Community Development has published the full details of the scheme (including funding allocations). For further information please see

Expression of Interest applications should be sent to Community Recognition Fund 2024, Social Development (Housing & Community), Wicklow County Council, County Buildings, Whitegates, Wicklow, A67 FW96. 

Expression of Interest applications can also be scanned and emailed to to arrive before the deadline.  

Please do not submit multiple applications as only one application per organisation will be considered.

Queries should be directed to Social Development (Housing & Community), Tel. (0404) 20208 or email: 


Please find links below to the following documentation: