Monday, 16 December 2013

50 community groups to benefit from Mayor's paycut

Following my election Mayor in late June, one of the first decisions I made was to take a paycut and to divert that money instead into a fund for community groups. My colleague, Deputy Mayor Eamon Tuffy, joined me in this and together we launched the "Mayors Fund" back in September. In total, we have allocated €10,000 for this fund. The fund was to be administered by the Community Department in South Dublin County Council and was aimed towards the three priorities I have outlined for my term as Mayor - youth and sport, older persons and the environment.

We expected to be able to make grants of up to €500 when we launched the fund, as we expected that 20 or 30 groups would apply. Instead, we have been overwhelmed with the level of applications which arrived in. In total, almost 75 separate applications were made to the fund. In consultation with the Community Department, myself and the Deputy Mayor have decided to make grants of €200 to 50 groups to ensure that as many groups as possible were helped out with a small, but significant amount of money. The groups come from all five electoral areas in South Dublin County and are across the three priorities listed above.

Thanks to all who have helped in setting up the Mayors Fund and in spreading the word. Congratulations to the 50 groups who will receive cheques worth €200 in the New Year. Commiserations to the groups who did not receive funding this time - we are writing to these groups to advise of alternative funding sources. In no particular order, the successful groups are;

1 Youth Horizons
2 Perrystown Manor Estate Active Retirement (based in Perrystown Community Centre)
3 Tallaght Mens Shed
4 Kingswood Kilnamanagh Active Age Club Men
5 Bawnogue Youth & Community Centre
6 Sruleen Community Development Association
7 St. Aengus Active Retirement
8 Boden Park Residents Association
9 Brookfield Environmental Group
10 65th Greenhills Scout Group, Celebrating 40 Years
11 Retired Active Mens Shed (RAMS)
12 Dominics Community Centre
13 Dodder Park Residents Association
14 Whitecastle Girl Guides
15 St. Kevins Family Resource Centre
16 Cherryfield Residents Association
17 Willbrook & Willbrook Downs Res Associ
18 Greenhills Boys Greenhills Afc
19 Old County Pitch & Putt Club
20 Tallaght Festival Band
21 Mojo Mens Shed
22 Brittas Community Association
23 Limekiln Temple Manor Community Games Limekiln Communitygames 
24 Greenhills School Completion Programme
25 Holy Rosary Primary School
26 Ballyboden Family Resource Centre
27 Lucan Community College (Coderdojo)
28 Citywise Education
29 Swan FSO
30 Clondalkin Shotokan Academy
31 Perrystown Performers Society
32 Key Project
33 Bawnogue Unemployed Group Ltd.,
34 CARP- Killinarden
35 St. Peters BNS
36 Greenhills College Basketball Club (Greenhills Colleage)
37 The Web Project
38 Gaelscoil Na Camoige
39 North Clondalkin CDP
40 Quarryvale Community & Leisure Centre
41 The Stay Project
42 The Four District Day Care Company
43 St Andrew’s Centre for Senior Citizens
44 CAP Allotments Project
45 Clondalkin Equine Club
46 Trustus We Care
47 Greenhills Ladies Club (based in Greenhills Community Centre)
48 Finnstown Abbey Residents Association
49 Active Age Group, St Jude’s
50 Manortown United F.C