GCCN Network News 2019 # 11
April 26th 2019

Welcome to this edition of GCCN Network News. Below we have information on:
  • Invitation to the Local Elections 2019 Hustings on April 29th
  • Environment, Recreation and Amenity SPC
  • Social Inclusion Forum 2019 - Preparatory Workshops
  • Community Enhancement Programme 2019
  • HSE National Lottery Grants
  • DRCD Regional Funding Workshops
Manifesto and Hustings

A range of local organisations including Galway City Community Network, Galway City Partnership, Galway Traveller Movement, Amach LGBTI+, Cope Galway, the Bridge Project, the Disability Federation of Ireland, Access for All and the Galway Anti-racism Network are working collaboratively to ensure that equality is at the heart of local representation.

By adopting the three values underpinning the manifesto developed at a national level by the Community Platform - community, decency, participation - the #EqualityVotesGalway Taskgroup have developed this manifesto calling on all local candidates to ensure equality is at the heart of their representation.
  • We want a local government that VALUES DECENCY. This includes progressing decent work, decent accommodation, decent transportation, and decent services for all in a healthy environment. Local government workplaces should be inclusive and reflective of the wider communities they serve.
  • We want a local government that VALUES COMMUNITY. This means supporting community, responding to diversity, combating inequality, and fostering creativity
  • We want a local government that VALUES PARTICIPATION. This means making decisions with the meaningful involvement of and for the benefit of people who experience inequality and poverty
All local election candidates have been invited to a Hustings on April 29th at 6.30pm in Croí, Newcastle - Directions Here - to respond to the priorities for equality and social inclusion that you set. They will be asked to respond to the priorities that give effect to the values identified.

We need you to be there - register by emailing

#EVG EqualityVotesGalway Manifesto
Hustings Invitation
Environment, Recreation and Amenity SPC

The next meeting of the Environment, Recreation and Amenity SPC will take place on May 1st. Included on the agenda are the following:

  • Climate Change Local Adaptation Strategy - Update
  • Presentation on
  • Draft Street Performance and Street Performance Byelaws
  • Terryland Forest Park
  • Recreation and Amenity Needs Study 2019.
Download the meeting documentation below
Meeting Documentation
Social Inclusion Forum 2019

Collaborative Working at Local and National Level

The Social Inclusion Forum (SIF) is part of the structures put in place by the Government to support the development and implementation of its plans to address poverty and social inclusion. The event provides a forum for consultation and discussion on social inclusion issues, particularly with people experiencing poverty and social exclusion and the groups that work with them.

In 2019, the theme of the SIF is Collaborative Working at Local and National Level. It will explore issues such as:  Social Inclusion at Community Level – enhancing collaboration; Getting more from data; Social inclusion and people living with disabilities; Housing and social inclusion; The role of employers in social inclusion. It will also be an important opportunity to discuss the new Social Inclusion: An Integrated Strategy 2019-2025

SIF Preparatory Workshops
Community Work Ireland and EAPN Ireland, are organising a number of pre-SIF workshops to discuss the issues that you would like to see represented at the Social Inclusion Forum.
  • Wednesday May 8th 10am-1pm in the St. Patrick’s Gateway Centre, Patrick St, Waterford
  • Friday 10th May 10am-1pm in Áras an Phobail, Croílár na Mistéalach, Tralee, Co. Kerry
  • Friday 10th May 12pm-2.30pm in association with Louth LEADER Partnership, Partnership Court, Park Street, Dundalk
  • Monday 13th May 10am-1pm in the Carmelite Centre, 56 Aungier St, Dublin 2
  • Monday 13th May in association with the Roscommon Women's Network, The Old Mill, Castlerea
Questions or queries - email in relation to Louth or Rosommon and in relation to Waterford, Kerry or Dublin
Download the SIF Workshops Flyer
Register Here

Community Enhancement Programme 2019

Galway City Council through the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) invites applications for funding from interested Community Groups / Organisations with the Galway City administrative area under the Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) for 2019.

Under the programme, grants will be provided towards capital projects to enhance facilities in disadvantaged areas.

Applications should relate to one or more key priority areas identified in the Galway City Local Economic & Community Plan 2015 – 2021 (see below) which can be viewed on-line here
The programme can fund or partially fund larger scale projects to address disadvantage. Some funding is ring-fenced to provide small capital grants of €1,000 or less. This is aimed at assisting grassroots community projects to get off the ground.
The funding covers capital projects only and should demonstrate added value. The following provides a non-exhaustive list of capital projects that could receive funding under the programme:
  • Development/renovation of community centres
  • Once off maintenance of premises. This does not include regular routine maintenance
  • Community amenities
  • Development of youth clubs or facilities
  • Development of sports/recreation facilities
  • Improvements to town parks and common areas and spaces
  • Public realm improvements
  • Streetscaping
  • Development of play/recreation spaces
  • Energy efficiency type projects
  • Purchase of equipment
Target groups - This funding is targeted towards enhancing community facilities for individuals and communities that are impacted by disadvantage as identified in the LECP.
Application Forms and Guidelines are available from the Community & Culture Department, Galway City Council, City Hall or by phone to 091 536406 / 091-536808 and also available to download from
The closing date for applications under the Community Enhancement Programme 2019 is Thursday 30th May 2019 at 5.00pm.

See below for more information on:
  • Guidelines for Community Enhancement Fund
  • Application for Community Enhancement Fund 2019
  • Priority Areas
Guidelines for Community Enhancement Fund
Application for Community Enhancement Fund
Community Enhancement Fund: Public Notice

National Lottery Grants

The HSE is distributing National Lottery funding to community groups and voluntary organisations under the Respite Care Grant Scheme and the National Lottery Grant Scheme. Groups and organisations who provide Health and Personal Social Services can apply for funding of amounts between €500 and €10,000 for suitable projects.
To apply, send the application form, declaration form and your organisation's banking details to your local Community Healthcare organisation (CHO). See below for further details.

National Lottery Application Form
Contact Details for your local CHO

Department of Rural and Community Development
Regional Funding Workshops

The Department of Rural and Community Development has initiated regional community support events for the attention of community groups/networks. Your community group is invited to attend a regional event which will provide information on how to submit good applications for grant funding. The events in each area are run by the Department of Rural & Community Development, Pobal, the Local Authority, the Irish Local Development Network, and the Local Development Company/Companies. They aim to provide hints and tips on how to make a better application and how to identify local supports that community groups can draw upon. The events are aimed at community groups that have had no success or limited success previously, but all are welcome to attend.
Region Date Venue
West Region 25th April Kennedy Glasgow Centre, Ballina, Co Mayo. Click here. The event in Mayo will also serve as a showcase of local development work in the area.
Border Region 9th May Finn Valley, Stranorlar, Co Donegal. Click here.
South Region 16th May James O'Keefe Institute, Newmarket, Co Cork. Click here.
Mid-West Region 23rd May Southill Area Centre, Limerick. Click here.
East Region 28th May St Mary's Youth & Community Centre, Tullamore, Co Offaly. Click here.
Dublin Region 30th May Darndale Belcamp VC, Coolock, Dublin. Click here.
Register for date and location

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