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Community and voluntary groups encouraged to apply as funding announced for energy costs

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The Government has launched a new €10 million Fund to support community and voluntary groups with the increased energy costs.

The Community and Voluntary Energy Support Scheme will provide once-off support to organisations within the Community and Voluntary sector which fall outside the parameters of other energy support schemes being delivered by Government.

The scheme will open for applications on Monday November 21 and close on Friday December 2.

Minister for State Sean Fleming welcomed the new funding and encouraged groups to apply.

He said: “Our community and voluntary organisations do great work in our towns and villages and it very important that the Government supports them in their work in our communities.

“Because of the urgency of the rising energy costs the Government is anxious to get funds to organisations as soon as possible and that is why there is short period for the application process.

“I would encourage all eligible groups in County Laois to apply for funding as urgently as possible.

“It is expected that payments under the scheme will commence before the end of this year and into early 2023.”

Details on the scheme are available on: https://www.pobal.ie/programmes/community-and-voluntary-sector-energy-support-scheme/

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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.