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€100,000 fund for Clare Tidy Towns groups

Minister for the Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan, presenting the SuperValu Fáilte Ireland, South West and Mid-West Region TidyTowns Awards athe Gleneagle Hotel, with Grace O'Dwyer, Supervalu, Brand Manager, in association with the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Tidy Towns members from County Clare, with Cllr John Crowe, Chairman, Clare County Council, Carmel McNamara, Tom McNamara, Pj McMahon, Rose Irwin, Murt Collins, Mary Woods, Paul Edson, Gerard Dollard, Director of Services Clare County Council.Photo:Valerie O'Sullivan

Minister for the Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan, presenting the SuperValu Fáilte Ireland, South West and Mid-West Region TidyTowns Awards athe Gleneagle Hotel, with Grace O’Dwyer, Supervalu, Brand Manager, in association with the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Tidy Towns members from County Clare, with Cllr John Crowe, Chairman, Clare County Council, Carmel McNamara, Tom McNamara, Pj McMahon, Rose Irwin, Murt Collins, Mary Woods, Paul Edson, Gerard Dollard, Director of Services Clare County Council.Photo:Valerie O’Sullivan

Clare County Council has issued an open call to the County’s Tidy Towns groups for submissions in relation to its Public Area Enhancement Scheme 2015.

The elected members of Clare County Council have approved an allocation of €100,000 countywide towards the Scheme in 2015.

Funded entirely from the Council’s own resources, the scheme aims to support community-based projects in towns and villages throughout Clare with a view to enhancing the overall performance of the County’s Tidy Towns in the annual Supervalu National Tidy Towns Competition.

” I am confident this fund will have lasting, positive consequences for the communities who are successful during the funding submission process,” commented Cllr. John Crowe, Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council.

“This newly announced scheme will further consolidate the established, collaborative working relationship between Clare’s community groups and Clare County Council. I strongly encourage Tidy Towns groups to make a submission and I wish each of them the very best in this year’s National Tidy Towns Competition,” he said.

“A very successful Public Area Enhancement Scheme operated in 2014 under which 33 projects received funding. There is no indication that any national scheme will operate this year and in the absence of any such national scheme the elected members of Clare County Council have unanimously agreed that, a replacement scheme, funded entirely from the Council’s own resources would be put in place. This will enable communities to progress very important schemes in their local areas,” added Cllr. Crowe.

Commenting on the background to the Scheme, Betty Devanny, Tidy Towns Co-ordinator, Clare County Council, explained: “The Council intends to focus on initiatives that will make a real impact in terms of public area enhancement and particularly where the funding can provide added value or complement another initiative or leverage other funding or support. Works under the scheme must be fully completed and expenditure incurred by the end of October 2015.”

Clare County Council says submissions should be in the range of €5,000 to €7,000 monetary value and should result in a value of €8,000 to €10,000, including community effort/in-kind contribution.

“It will be a competitive process so there is no guarantee of funding for all submissions. We want to get maximum benefit from the fund. A call for proposals has issued to all Tidy Towns groups and all submissions will be evaluated prior to awarding of any funding,” added Ms. Devanny.

Submissions must be made directly to Ailish McMahon/Siobhan Brennan either by email aimcmahon@clarecoco.ie or sbrennan@clarecoco.ie or hard copy, with a one/two page summary of the proposal to the Tourism and Community Department, Clare County Council, Áras Contae an Chláir, New Road, Ennis, Clare by May 19th, 2015 so that they can be assessed for inclusion in the overall scheme.

Further information is available from 065-6846476 or 065-6846571.

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