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Wicklow Minister Announces Community Funding For County.

Wicklow to receive over €1.5m under Community Recognition Fund

 Wicklow Fine Gael Minister Simon Harris has announced that County Wicklow is set to receive more than €1.5 million in funding under the Community Recognition Fund.

The Community Recognition Fund was first introduced last year to recognise the huge efforts made by communities in welcoming and supporting people coming to Ireland.Wicklow County Council in collaboration with communities, will be funded to develop projects that will deliver long term benefits to those living in the areas selected.Speaking today, Minister Harris said, “I am delighted to confirm that our county is set to receive over €1.5 million in government funding for a variety of projects under the Community Recognition Fund.”

“People and communities across Wicklow have made incredible efforts to welcome and support those fleeing the conflict in Ukraine, and now they will be rewarded for their selflessness.”“I am keenly aware that this crisis has placed some pressures on community facilities in certain areas.”“This money will be used to support and develop community infrastructure and facilities that will bring many benefits to all members of the community.”

 Projects that will be funded include:

·Development or refurbishment of community or cultural facilities including play areas, walkways, parks, community/sensory gardens, allotments, and recreational areas;

·Development or refurbishment of local club and sports facilities;

·Enhancement to school/parish facilities which are open to use by all of the community after school hours;

·Purchase of equipment for local clubs, festivals, community events and organisations

·Transport infrastructure such as community vehicles

“After advocating and representing County Wicklow in Government, and emphasising the efforts of our communities, I am delighted that Wicklow has received such a large amount of funding and look forward to seeing the real effects it will have on our communities.” Minister Harris concluded.

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