FUNDING from the RAPID National Grants Programme for Co Kildare is to go to Athy based projects.
Funding of €64,500 was announced for every county under the programme.
Susan Bookle of the Kildare Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) told the councillors that while this RAPID National Grants Programme bears very little resemblance to previous RAPID programmes a decision had been made to focus funding on what was formerly the RAPID area in Kildare. She said that this was essentially the Athy area.
Ms Bookle went on to outline details of the three projects which would receive the funding. The biggest beneficiary is a community house at Townspark in Athy which will receive €44,500 to upgrade the facilities. The former crèche is managed by the Woodstock Forum and is used to facilitate community events like knitting groups and craft fairs and local Tús workers are located there. Other community activities like Halloween parties and other festive events also take place there.
Kildare Youth Services is to receive €12,000 to fit out their new premises to the rear of Shaws. Finally an allocation of €12,000 is to be made to purchase works equipment for Tús workers.
On the last allocation Ms Bookle said: “As Tús and CE schemes come to an end there has to be progression and we have identified some people who could set up their own business or create a social enterprise and this money will support them in that.”
Speaking about the grants programme in general Ms Bookle said: “Even though this is a RAPID programme by name, it bears no resemblance to what was there in the past. It’s a general grant scheme of €64,500 for areas of high depravation. We all have an idea in our minds what RAPID is but this is not the same construct. Indications are that a similar funding allocation will be made next year and the criteria will be the same.”
All of the councillors welcomed the funding however there was concern about the short time between the funding announcement and the closing date for applications.
Questions were also asked about the administration for the funding locally and Ms Bookle confirmed to councillors that the funding would be channelled through Kildare Co Council.