GCCN Network News 2019 # 12

May 3rd 2019

Welcome to this edition of GCCN Network News. Below we have information on:
Funding Workshops for the
Community Enhancement Programme 2019

Galway City Council are inviting applications from Community and Voluntary groups for the above scheme to enhance facilities in communities. On behalf of the Galway City LCDC, Galway City Council will host two funding workshops, in association with Galway City Community Network and Galway City Partnership. Galway City Partnership will give advice on making the grant application and Galway City Community Network will provide information on its work.
Funding Workshops for Community Enhancement Programme 2019 Flyer

When Where
Wednesday 8th May
Ballinfoile Castlegar Neighbourhood Centre

Thursday 9th May

Westside Resource Centre
For registrations call 091 773466 
or email sabrina@, suzanne@ or imelda@

Application Forms and Guidelines are available from the Community & Culture Department, Galway City Council, City Hall or by phone to 091 536406 / 091 536808 or

The closing date for applications under the Community Enhancement Programme 2019 is Thursday 30th May 2019 at 5pm.

See below for more information on the Community Enhancement Programme 2019.

Community Enhancement Programme 2019 Workshops Flyer


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 pm.

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
Galway City Local Economic & Community Plan 2015-2021


Community. Together.

EVOLVE Community Learning Together

A collaborative event by Galway Volunteer Centre, GCCN, Cope Galway, Croí na Gaillimhe, Cosáin CLG, Galway Community Circus, Galway Autism Partnership, Youth Work Galway, Green Sod Ireland and Westside Resource Centre

Are you part of a community organisation or charity working in Galway? Would you like to find out more about what others are doing, and tell your story? Do you have the expertise that could help others?Do you need help to make the dreams of your organisation come true?

Well, EVOLVE Community Learning Together may be the place to do that. Whether you are a community, sports, arts, heritage, health, disability or environmental (and more!) organisation, come and meet others who are also striving to make Galway a better place for everyone.

When Where
Tuesday 7th May
7pm – 9pm
Croí, The West of Ireland Cardiac Foundation, Moyola Lane, Newcastle, Galway

On the night you will get to share your story, hear others, and help identify what training supports you need.
Volunteer Galway received funding of €20,000 from The Wheel to provide training and support to groups in Galway to help build their ability to achieve their objectives. A crucial part of that is working together.

Let's make Galway better. Together.

Register here for EVOLVE Event
Volunteer Galway Website

Dementia: Understand Together Logo

Dementia: Understand Together Show Garden
Application for Relocation of Bloom 2019

In 2019, the Dementia: Understand Together Campaign is sponsoring a reminiscence garden at Bloom Festival, which takes place from 30th May – 3rd June 2019 (see Appendix below for details in relation to the ‘Memories are made of this – The Dementia: Understand Together Garden’).
The Dementia: Understand Together Campaign is now inviting applications from publicly-funded organisations/amenities and residential care centres (including section 38 and 39 services) which would be in a position to relocate the reminiscence garden to their own outdoor space at the end of the Bloom Festival, maintain it in the medium to long term, and ensure that the local community has the opportunity to visit and enjoy the garden.
Please email applications to Sonya Sheils at sonya.sheils@ no later than 5pm on Tuesday, May 21st 2019. The successful applicant will be notified by Friday, May 24th 2019.
Hands gardening
The Dementia: Understand Together Campaign is a public support, awareness and information campaign led by the HSE, working with the Alzheimer Society of Ireland and Genio. It is aimed at inspiring people from all sections of society to stand together with the 500,000 Irish people whose families have been affected by dementia. They want to help create an Ireland that embraces and includes people living with dementia and which displays solidarity with them and their loved ones.

Many studies have shown that welcoming, accessible outdoor spaces support people with dementia and their carers to have positive interactions, maintain their independence, engage in meaningful occupation and experience enhanced health and wellbeing.

Last year, a dementia garden entitled ‘Moments in Time’ won bronze at Bloom, Ireland’s largest garden festival. This award-winning garden was relocated to Arklow Duck Pond, Nature Walk & Leisure Area in County Wicklow following a successful application by Arklow Municipal Council.
  • The garden will not be exactly replicated – see below info on exactly what is included in the relocation.
  • The successful organisation/centre will need to provide funding of approximately €12,000 towards the costs of the garden relocation and also meet the assessment criteria to a high standard.
 For further info and details on the assessment criteria see below.
Selection and Assessment - Application for Relocation of Bloom 2019
Info on Garden Relocation - Application for Relocation of Bloom 2019
Appendix - Application for Relocation of Bloom 2019
Understand Together Website



GCCN Meeting Re Arts and Culture

When you re-registered with GCCN you indicated your interest in our Arts and Culture Linkage Group.
Would you like to find out how you can become more involved with GCCN Arts and Culture Linkage Group? Do you want to learn how you can influence decision making structures in Galway City?

We would like to invite you to a meeting where we will give you an overview of GCCN and introduce you to one of the GCCN Reps who sits on this SPC, Maeve Mulrennan.
Arts and Culture
When Where
Monday May 13th, 7pm Galway Arts Centre

GCCN have two representatives on the Galway City Council’s Economic Development, Enterprise Support and Culture Strategic Policy Committee (SPC). On this occasion, we will provide an update on the nomination and selection process for the local elections. Following the elections, new representatives will be selected.

Please confirm your attendance by emailing Oana Nicoara at communications@
Alive Logo

Volunteer Placement Opportunities with NUIG ALIVE

NUIG ALIVE Volunteers are now seeking Irish organizations interested in placing international volunteers. 20 US students interested in volunteering in Ireland will be arriving at NUIG in June 2019.
Image of Volunteers

Would your organization like help from skilled and eager volunteers?

If interested you can sign up here or contact Tereza Brumovska at tereza.brumovska@

NUIG ALIVE Volunteers are looking forward to seeing you on the NUIG ALIVE Volunteering Fair in September 2019. For further information see links below.
Sign Up for US Volunteers Placement
ALIVE - NUIG Student Volunteering Programme
ALIVE Website

Galway City Council LogoNUIG LogoGaillimh le Gaeilge Logo

Public Meeting About Galway City Irish Language Plan

A public meeting about the Galway City Irish Language Plan will be held at NUIG. So that everyone can take part regardless of language background, two meetings will be held simultaneously, one in Irish and the other in English. All are welcome.
When Where
Tuesday 7th May
Hardiman Research Building
Rooms G010 & G011
National University of Ireland, Galway

The meetings aim to provide another chance to people in Galway to give their opinions about the Irish Language Plan being prepared by NUI Galway on behalf of Galway City Council and Gaillimh le Gaeilge.
For more information please visit
NUIG Gaeilge Bheo Website
Gaillimh le Gaeilge Website

NWCI Hustings for European Elections in Galway

The European Elections take place on Friday, May 24th 2019 and this election will determine the future of Europe. The European Parliament has a say on so many issues that affect our lives including workers' rights, climate change, the gender pay gap and funding.

For an opportunity to hear what candidates in the Midlands-Northwest constituency will do for women's equality if elected and to ask them questions come to the NWCI Hustings for European Elections.

NWCI Hustings Feminist Manifesto


When Where
Tuesday 7th May
6pm – 8pm
Harbour Hotel
Galway City

Speakers include Mairead McGuinness, Maria Walsh, Saoirse McHugh, Anne Rabbitte, Matt Carthy, Cyril Brennan, Dominic Hannigan. The event will be chaired by Lisa Regan (Lisa Regan PR).

Tea and coffee and refreshments will be provided on arrival.
If you have any access requirements, please make sure to contact Susan McCormack in NWCI on susanmcc@
For further information see below.

NWCI Event Details
NWCI Website

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