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Community Activities Fund (CAF)

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Community Activities Fund (CAF)

under the Community Enhancement Programme

Longford Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) invites applications from community groups for funding for the Community Activities Fund (CAF) under the Community Enhancement Programme. The CAF is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development. Please see the following link for a press release on the launch of the CAF at national level by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, and the Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities, Joe O’Brien TD: https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/c53a9-ministers-humphreys-and-obrien-announce-9-million-community-activities-fund/ 

The CAF will support groups, particularly in disadvantaged areas

  • With their non-pay running costs, for example, utility bills (electricity costs, refuse charges, heating charges) or other non-pay operating costs for example rental/lease costs, insurance bills.
  • Groups will also be able to use the funding to carry out necessary repairs and improvements to their facilities, purchase equipment for example tables and chairs, tools and signage, laptops and printers, lawnmowers, canopies and training equipment, etc.

The Department has recommended that LCDCs ring-fence some funding to provide small grants of €1,000 or less. Ring-fencing funding at this level will allow a larger volume of those with limited resources to receive some funding. The programme can also fund or partially fund larger scale projects to address disadvantage. 

What costs are eligible for funding?

The following provides a non-exhaustive list of projects that could receive funding under the programme:

  • Development/renovation of community centres
  • Community amenities
  • Development of youth clubs or facilities
  • Development of sports/recreation facilities
  • Improvements to town parks and common areas and spaces
  • CCTV equipment
  • Public realm improvements
  • Streetscaping
  • Development of play/recreation spaces
  • Energy efficiency type projects
  • Purchase of equipment
  • Adaptations or equipment needed as a result of COVID-19
  • Maintenance of premises
  • Website Maintenance
  • Cleaning
  • Audit & Accountancy fees
  • Utility Bills (electricity costs, refuse charges, heating charges)
  • Operating costs (e.g. existing rental/lease costs, insurance bills)

To ensure appropriate monitoring and governance, the Department is stating that only operating/running costs related to the period 1st July 2021 to 30th June 2022 are eligible.

Target groups

This funding is targeted towards supporting communities that are impacted by disadvantage as identified in the County Longford Local Economic and Community Plan 2016 – 2022 (LECP). 

What level of funding is available?

€9m has been provided nationally with €264,769 allocated to Longford LCDC.

  • Under the programme it is intended that 30% of the funding that is allocated to each Local Authority area will be ring-fenced for grants of €1,000 or less.
  • If the Programme is oversubscribed, all applications fulfilling the conditions may not be successful or offers of funding may be for a lesser amount than that sought by the applicant.
  • In deciding the final allocations of funding to projects, the LCDC may take account of a number of factors including geographical balance and the desirability to fund a variety of different projects
  • See Application Guidelines for further details including selection criteria.

How to apply

Your Community Group will need the following information to complete your online application –

  • Tax Reference Number (TRN). TRN Registration Form (Please note your PPSN/ TRN is required by LCC to verify tax clearance status if applicable and will also be used when submitting returns to Revenue as required)

You can pause and save your online application form in draft format any time prior to pressing the ‘submit’ button.

You are advised to read these two documents before you complete the online application form -

CAF Application Guidelines 

CAF Terms & Conditions 

A Technical Support Information Session for Community Groups will be held via Microsoft (MS) Teams at 18:30 on Monday 24 January.

To register, please email mshanley@longfordcoco.ie before 12 noon on Friday 21 January. A MS Teams link will be emailed to you on Monday 24 January.

Community Groups are advised to commence their online application as soon as possible.

Complete the online CAF Application Form

The online Application Form must be completed by the Chairperson, Secretary or Treasurer of your Community Group.

Closing Date for receipt of online applications and all supporting documentation is no later than4pm on Wednesday 16 February 2022


For any queries please email LCDC@longfordcoco.ie or telephone 043 3343307 / 3343456 / 3343472.

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