Over €134,000 allocated to Carlow as part of this year's community enhancement fund

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A sum of €134,206 has been allocated to Carlow in the first portion of the 2019 Community Enhancement Programme, Fine Gael TD for Carlow, Deputy Pat Deering has said.

Typical enhancements under the programme could include the purchase of equipment or materials, improvements to town parks and common areas and spaces, CCTV equipment and energy efficiency type projects.

Deputy Deering said: "This programme was a great success last year and I am delighted that Carlow will benefit from it again this week.

"It gives funding to community groups across Carlow to improve facilities in disadvantaged areas. Some funding will be ring-fenced for smaller projects, from lawnmowers and IT equipment to minor renovations to buildings.

"The programme also provides funding towards larger projects in disadvantaged areas. This allows it to be flexible and to respond to what is needed locally."

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, said: "The CEP was launched for the first time in 2018 and I approved funding of 12.5 million euro for over 3,000 projects across the country.

"It was the result of the first significant exercise in the streamlining of schemes and programmes carried out by the Department of Rural and Community Development.

"It combined two existing schemes so that funding is now provided to improve facilities in a manner that is more flexible and responsive at a local level.

"The funding is administered locally by Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) across the country, with support from their Local Authority. Applications for funding can be made to the relevant LCDC."