Funding of over €210,000 for community projects in Galway has been announced under the latest round of Leader funding. Eight projects have been allocated €210,847.75 which, when combined with own resources brings to €300,156 the investment in communities in Galway. Projects include upgrade works to community centres the purchase of equipment and the maintenance and initial development of walkways. The projects which have been approved by my colleague, Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring, will enhance community services, enterprise, biodiversity and community infrastructure.
Community development groups such as Forbairt Pobail Maigh Cuilinn, Forum Connemara, Ballinasloe Town Hall, among others are leading the projects under the Leader Rural Development Fund.
As Minister with responsibility for the Islands I’m encouraged by the allocation to Inis Oírr-based Comhar na nOileáin to support an international project involving islands in Ireland and Scotland. The ‘Smart Islands in Scotland and Ireland: Supporting Enterprises and Young People’ brings together island communities to develop ways of revitalising island communities through training, events, exchange visits among other initiatives. The projects supported through the Leader Programme are integral to ensuring sustainable and vibrant communities in rural Galway and across the country.