Dublin City Community Enhancement Programme
Information on the Dublin City Community Enhancement Programme.
The Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) provides capital funding to community groups across Ireland. This allows these groups to enhance facilities in disadvantaged areas. The CEP is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development. It has provided €29.5 million in funding since 2018. In 2018 a stream of funding was available to Men's Sheds, in 2019 this stream was extended to include Women's Sheds.
The Programme has a focus on supporting groups in disadvantaged areas. Typical enhancements under the CEP include:
- IT and CCTV equipment
- minor improvements to buildings
- minor renovation of community centres
- development of community amenities
- purchase of equipment for community usage.
- improvements to town parks, common areas and energy-saving projects
The CEP is administered locally by Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) in each Local Authority area. The Dublin City LCDC administers the CEP in the administrative area of Dublin City Council. It decides the types of enhancements that will be prioritised and supported in the administration of the programme based at the local level.
In 2020 the CEP provided €7 million of grant funding in two rounds towards enhancing the facilities available to communities. Dublin City was allocated €112,860 under Round 1 and €478,005 under Round 2. Applications for both rounds of this fund were invited locally via an online system. Both rounds are closed.
Updated Timeline Round 1
- Opening Date for applications 5th August 2020
- Closing Date for applications 28th August 2020
- Groups notified 25th and 26th November 2020
Updated Timeline Round 2
- Opening Date for applications 27th October 2020
- Closing Date for applications 13th November 2020
- Groups expected to be notified Late May/early June 2021
On the 10th May 2021, Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, and Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities, Joe O’Brien TD, announced the 2021 Community Enhancement Programme (CEP). It is a €4.5 million fund to support community groups impacted by COVID-19 and assist them in the re-opening of facilities such as community centres, men’s and women’s sheds, parish halls and youth centres. Dublin City has been allocated €212,306. Dublin City LCDC is currently working on how best to administer this scheme in Dublin City with a view to prioritising groups working in disadvantaged areas and/or with disadvantaged communities. Once confirmed, details on our 2021 CEP will be publicly communicated via our website and communication platforms.