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Local groups and organisations in Laois asked to apply for funding to upgrade Community Centre facilities

Laois County Council General

Community groups and organisations in Laois are invited to apply for a new round of funding for the upgrade and refurbishment of community centres, a Fine Gael Councillor has said.

Cathaoirleach of Laois County Council, Councillor Conor Bergin said: “Fine Gael wants to build stronger and safer communities by making our towns, villages and parishes across Laois better places to live, work, run a business and raise a family.

“Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced that registration is now open for a new €15 million capital fund for the upgrade and refurbishment of Community Centres.

“The Community Centre Investment Fund will provide grants of between €10,000 up to a maximum of €300,000.

“Funding is available for capital works such as improvements to communal facilities such as kitchen and toilet facilities, energy retrofitting, new windows / doors / heating systems, works to address safety concerns and works to improve disability access.

“All interested applicants in Laois must register online at gov.ie/CommunityCentresFund. Registration for the fund must be completed prior to submitting a formal application.”

The formal application process opens on Tuesday June 7 and closes on Thursday July 14.

Applicants can register to attend an information session at gov.ie/CommunityCentresFund.

Cllr Bergin said: “Completing these two important steps will help to ensure your organisation is well placed to submit a strong application to this Fund.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.