What is the purpose of the Community Grant Scheme?
The purpose of the scheme is to provide financial assistance to Community groups engaged in activities which encourage community participation and promote the well being of communities in County Kildare.
Who is eligible to apply for a Community Grant?
In order to be eligible under this scheme your group must be formally established and must be able to produce Articles of Association or Minutes of AGM/Meetings.
The group must be engaged in activities which encourage community participation, volunteerism and promote the well-being of communities and all funded activities must be located within the County.
When will the Community Grants be advertised?
The Community /LPT Grant scheme will be advertised in January.
When is the closing date?
The closing date will be in March.
What is the Public Participation Network (PPN) Number for my group?
What are the advantages of registering with the PPN?
The PPN is the main link through which the local authority connects with the community/ voluntary, social inclusion and environmental sectors. For any group to qualify for Council supports it must quote its PPN registration number. This will assist to streamline grant applications and creates opportunities for exchange of information.
How can my group apply for a grant?
To make application for a grant the following must be submitted:
Why do I need to submit a Bank or Credit Union statement?
All payment of grants are made directly by EFT into your Bank or Credit Union Account. In order to verify the account details we require proof of this. You may simply send us the heading of a statement with the balance amounts blanked out.
We sent a bank/credit union statement last year, do we need to send another one?
Yes, our Accounts Department will close the groups account after each year. To reactivate the account we require confirmation of your group's bank details, a bank statement is the most convenient way to ensure we have the correct details.
Can I use my own bank account?
No, we will need a bank acocunt specifically for the group in order for the payment to be made.
What activities are not funded under the Community Grant Scheme?
Activities which are not eligible include:
What criteria will my application be assessed on?
Grant applications will be assessed using the following criteria :-
What is the maximum amount I can be awarded?
The maximum Community Grant is €3000. However, there is no guarantee that the maximum grant will be awarded, if any.
Click here for Application Form. For Guidelines outlining in detail terms and conditions of the scheme click here.
How will we be notified of the outcome of our application?
Once the applications have been fully assessed, a report is presented before the relevant Municipal District Council Meeting in April, where final approval of applications is made.
The Community Administration Team will then issue a letter of award via email and/or post informing the group of amount successfully awarded.
If your application is not successful you will receive a letter explaining why your group was not awarded a grant.
How will the grant be paid?
All payments from Kildare County Council will be paid by EFT directly into the group’s bank or Credit Union Account. Post Office Accounts are not acceptable.
Your Treasurer’s contact details (including email address) must be submitted on the application, as a remittance advice will only be sent to your group’s treasurer
What are the responsibilities of the group?
The responisbilities of the group are as follow;