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COVID-19 Emergency Fund

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2nd round of the COVID-19 Emergency Fund 2020

Longford Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) invites applications from community groups for funding under the Department of Rural & Community Development for the 2nd round of the COVID-19 Emergency Fund.

The 1st round of the COVID-19 Emergency Fund was launched in April, with funding of €2.5m. This is the 2nd round of the COVID-19 Emergency Fund and has funding of €1.7m nationally with €42,964 of this allocated to Longford LCDC.

Applications should be made to the Longford LCDC by email to LCDC@longfordcoco.ie no later than 12 noon on Monday 25th January, 2021.

Note - The Department has recommended that LCDCs ring-fence 30% of funding to provide small grants of €1,000 or less.


In general, any not-for-profit community or voluntary group can apply.

Commercial organisations and individuals are not eligible for funding.


a. What projects are eligible for funding?

It will provide grants to community groups to assist them:

  • to adapt their services and operations to fit the new COVID-19 reality[1]. Examples of measures supported could be adapting premises to allow for social distancing; offering on-line activities; providing social supports and friendly calls by phone etc.
  • to become more involved in the Government's 'Keep Well' campaign. The grants are aimed at assisting participation in the campaign, in particular with the three themes: staying connected, switching off and being creative, and minding your mood.

The grants may also be provided to support groups (including those involved in the community call) with day to day running costs if needed.

b. What is not eligible for funding?

The following expenditure is not eligible for funding:

  • Any project not in keeping with the ethos of the Programme
  • Legal fees
  • Project management fees
  • Purchase of lands or buildings
  • Feasibility studies
  • Private or commercial operations

[1] This is consistent with an action assigned to our Department under the Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19. 

How to apply

2nd Round of the COVID-19 Emergency Fund Application Form - Covid-19 Emergency Fund Application 2nd Round

2nd Round of the COVID-19 Emergency Fund Application Guidelines – Covid 19 Emergency Fund Guidelines 2nd Round

Application forms and supporting documentation should be emailed to Longford Local Community Development Committee (LCDC): LCDC@longfordcoco.ie ,no later than 12 noon on Monday 25th January, 2021.


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

Further Information on the 2nd Round of the COVID-19 Emergency Fund is available on the Department’s Website -  Department

Data Privacy; In order to process your application, it may be necessary for Longford LCDC / Longford County Council to collect personal data from you. Such information will be processed in line with the Local Authority’s privacy statement which is available to view on http://www.longfordcoco.ie/longfordcoco/your-council/data-protection/privacy-statement/ or contact our Data Protection & Information Compliance Officer on 043 33 44207 or email dpo@longfordcoco.ie.