GCCN Network News 2019 # 7
March 22nd 2019

Welcome to this edition of GCCN Network News. Below we have information on:
  • GCCN Induction Workshop
  • Amenity Grants Scheme 2019 - Funding Opportunity
  • Africa Say 2019 - Grants Scheme
  • #Little Things Campaign Training 26th March
  • Free training for Community Groups
  • Have your Say - The Role of Europe in Supporting a More Equal Society - Free Workshop
  • National Community Week - Funding Opportunity
  • Diary Dates

GCCN Induction Workshop

Galway City Community Network are holding an information session on Tuesday 26th March

Would you like a bit more information on what Galway City Community Network is?
Do you want to know what Galway City Community Network does?
Do you want to find out how you as a member organisation can become more involved in Galway City Community Network?

Come along to Westside Resource Centre from 11 am - 1 pm
Let us know if you are so we can get the chairs out!

For any additional information, please email  or call 087 4328489

Invitation to information session

Amenity Grants Scheme 2019

The Amenity Grant Scheme funding is available to support Resident Associations, Community Gardens and Allotment Schemes wishing to undertake Environmental type community initiatives which contribute towards the betterment of their local Environment.

The scheme is open to all housing estates, community gardens and allotment schemes in Galway City and must be applied for through the residents association/group.

The Amenity Grants Scheme covers general improvement works and environmental initiatives, such as the purchase of small garden equipment, litter pickers, estate name stones, repair works and litter clean-ups.

Completed applications should be submitted to: The Environment Section, Galway City Council, City Hall, College Road, Galway, no later than 4:00pm Wednesday, 27th March, 2019


More Information
Application Form
 Africa Day 2019 

Irish Aid at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has supported the celebration of Africa Day in Ireland since 2007 by providing financial assistance to the organisation of events and the provision of information and coordination services nationwide. This year, they are pleased to confirm that they will once again be offering a limited grant scheme to local authorities.  The funding will be available to organisations/ groups that may be organising activities or events aimed at promoting a positive image of Africa; highlighting the Irish Aid programme in Africa; and educating the Irish public about the relationship between Africa and Ireland.

Africa Day, designated by the African Union as an annual celebration for the continent’s unity, falls on 25th May each year and celebrations to mark the day occur across the globe.

Galway City Council are now seeking expressions of interest from you or your organisation for proposed events for Africa Day 2019 in Galway City.  Please find attached template application form which should be completed by interested parties and returned to no later than Thursday, 4th April 2019 at 4 p.m.  When applying for funding, we would encourage you to organise events as close to Africa Day itself as possible, and no later than one week either side of 25th May 2019.
Application Form

The HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention are holding a Master Class on the #littlethings Campaign that will include a presentation by Ciaran Austin, Communications Manager, HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention

When – Tuesday 26th March from 10:30 to 13:00
Where – Ballinfoyle Neighbourhood Centre, Galway


For more information  and to register please see below

Community Group Training 
Galway City Partnership and Galway Roscommon Education Training Board are running a number of workshops in Ballybane, Westside and Ballinfoile in March and April on the following themes:
  • Committee Skills - Monday March 25th 6.30pm to 9pm, Westsideresource Centre
  • Bookeeping - date in late April to be confirmed, Ballinfoile Resource Centre
  • Social Media -  date in May to be confirmed,  Westside Resource Centre
All training is free but participants must be members f community groups registered with Galway City Partnership. To register your group contact Imelda, Suzanne or Sabrina below:
  • Ballybane - Imelda on 091 768305 or email,
  • Westside - Suzanne on 091 528325 or email
  • Ballinfoile - Sabrina on 091 773466 or email
Information on Community Group Training
European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) Ireland in association with the European Commission Representation in Ireland invite you to a Citizen’s Dialogue workshop
Have your say!
“What is the role of the EU in supporting a more equal society?”

Almost 113 million people, or over 22% of the EU population, are at risk poverty and social exclusion. In Ireland approximately 750,000 people are at-risk of poverty. In a year when the European Parliament elections take place in a Europe which faces many challenges, including Brexit, migration, climate change and delivering social rights, these citizen’s dialogue workshops will ask how can we strengthen social solidarity and ensure that no-one is left behind.  These workshops are open to everyone and will provide a good opportunity for discussion on the issues.
This free workshop will take place on 
26th March Galway Harbour Hotel, New Dock Road, Galway City Registration at 9:30am
Workshop 10am-1pm
A light lunch will be provided at the end
  • Hugh Frazer, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Applied Social Studies, Maynooth University.  Hugh is the former coordinator of the European Social Policy Network which advises the European Commission on social policy and former Director of the Combat Poverty Agency.
  • Paul Ginnell, Director of European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) Ireland
  • Panel members: Ann Irwin, Galway City Community Network, Representatives from the European Commission and from community and voluntary organisations 
Registration: If you would like to attend any of the workshops you can register here.
Further Information

National Community Event
May Bank Holiday Weekend 2019

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, TD, announced the launch of a National Community Event, to be held for the first time over the May Bank Holiday weekend, 2019 (3rd - 6th of May 2019). Local communities are asked to come up with ideas for events in their areas. Events could be centred around food, sport, the environment or health and culture. 

The event is a celebration of the great spirit of community that exists across the country and an effort to help people who share communities to come together, get to know each other and deepen the sense of community in their area.

Events will take place over the May Bank Holiday weekend (4th – 6th May 2019). The days will be getting longer and the summer will be just upon us. The success of this initiative lies in having local communities coming together to plan events that will work best for their area. This celebrations belongs to everyone. We don’t want to tell communities what they should do, events will be very much driven by communities. These could include themes around sport, history, baking, anything that will help neighbours to come together. It could be as simple as neighbours coming together for a cup of tea and a chat.

Applications are welcome from community and voluntary groups, organisations and residents’ committees within the Galway City administrative area. Closing date: Monday, 25th March, 2019 at 4 pm

If you have any questions please contact
Caroline Quirke on 091 536808 or email to

Information on how to apply is below

Galway City National Community Weekend Guidelines
Galway City National Community Weekend Application
Diary Dates

GCCN Induction Workshop
Tuesday March 26th  in the Westside Resource Centre from 11 am - 1 pm

GCCN Plenary Meetings
March 27th 2019 in the Harbour Hotel at 6.30pm - registration from 6pm
June 26th 2019 in the Menlo Park Hotel at 6.30pm - registration from 6pm
September 25th 2019 in the Menlo Park Hotel at 6.30pm - registration from 6pm
December 4th 2019 in the Menlo Park Hotel at 6.30pm - registration from 6pm

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