Dublin City Community Enhancement Programme and Community Support Fund
Information on the Dublin City Community Enhancement Programme and Community Support Fund
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. 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 equipment
- improvements to buildings
- 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 and on local needs.
Community Support Fund – March 2023
Under the CEP, the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD), through the Dublin City Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) and Dublin City Council, is funding a Community Support Fund (CSF).
A total of €576,625 is available under this fund. Of the €576,625, the DRCD has allocated €5,643 ring-fenced funding for operating costs in Women’s Sheds under the Dublin City CSF. The ring fenced funding for Women’s Sheds is current in nature i.e. fund should be used to help with operating/running costs such as electricity costs, refuse charges, heating charges, rental/lease costs, insurance bills.
Applications were welcomed online by the Dublin City Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) from 12 noon on Monday 13th March 2023 until 17.00 on the 31st March 2023. Please click here to read the Guidelines/ Terms and Conditions for the Dublin City CSF.
The aim of the CSF is to support non-profit, community-based and/or voluntary sector organisations or groups based in Ireland who are seeking support with meeting capital costs and operating/ running costs, not including salary.
The Dublin City CSF is intended to support proposals benefitting one or more of the priority target groups for 2022 agreed by the Dublin City Local Community Development Committee (LCDC). The target groups are:
- People experiencing challenges to their mental health and wellbeing;
- Older people and those vulnerable to isolation;
- Travellers/ Roma;
- Long term unemployed;
- New communities; and,
- Parents and marginalised children with a focus on childcare and afterschool services.
Applications to the Dublin City CSF should also demonstrate how their proposal will contribute to Goal 2 of the Dublin City Local Economic and Community Plan 2016 - 2021:
“Work in partnership with communities to promote social inclusion, tackle poverty and disadvantage and promote participation, empowerment and positive social change”.
If you have any queries in relation to the Community Support Fund please contact Sarah Fagan on 087 758 9980, Brenda O’Reilly on 087 100 3449 or Email [email protected]
Please note the closing date for receipt of online applications has now passed
Community Activities Fund (CAF) 2022
The Community Activities Fund (CAF) was launched as a once off fund on the 11th November 2021 to support community groups. The Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD), through the Dublin City Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) and Dublin City Council, invited applications under the Community Activities Fund (CAF) from 09.00 on Friday 4th March to 17.00 on Friday 25th March, 2022. A total of €427,358 was available under this fund.
The Dublin City Community Activities Fund 2022 grantees are listed below.
In 2021, Dublin City was allocated €212,306 under the Community Enhancement Programme (CEP). The Dublin City Community Enhancement Programme 2021 grantees are listed below.
In 2020, 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. The Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) 2020 Round 1 and Round 2 grantees are listed here.