**Don’t forget to check the deadlines when applying for the grants**

Community Activities Fund (CEP) Dec 2021

Tipperary County Council is launching a new scheme called The Community Activities Fund to support community groups. The total amount of funding available is €199,381 and it is estimated that each grant will be €2000. The scheme is to support community and voluntary groups impacted by Covid-19. This once-off fund will be allocated under the Department’s Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) and it will be administered by Tipperary Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs).

The Community Activities Fund will support groups, particularly in disadvantaged areas, with their running costs such as utility (Electricity, Heating charges) or insurance bills, as well as with improvements to their facilities.

Groups will also be able to use the funding to carry out necessary repairs and to purchase equipment such as tables and chairs, tools and signage, laptops and printers, lawnmowers, canopies and training equipment. 

What is Eligible: 

Grants towards projects or equipment enhancing facilities (similar to previous years) and
One-off grants towards costs associated with running of a facility or the sustainability of a facility.

Guidelines, the application forms and more information can be found at https://www.tipperarycoco.ie/content/community-activities-fund-cep 

The closing date for applications is Friday 17th of December 2021. 

To facilitate the identification of the location of the projects/work, a new field has been added to the application form requesting the XY co-ordinates of the project/work. 

For more information on how to find your XY coordinates please visit https://www.tipperarycoco.ie/sites/default/files/Forms/How%20to%20find%20location%20XY%20ITM%20for%20CEP_0.pdf

Irish Youth Foundation Skills & Employability Fund 2021 

This fund will offer grants to projects and programmes that support young people who are currently not in education, training or employment to successfully transition into skills based opportunities, mentorship opportunities, further learning opportunities and employment opportunities. 

The fund will have a strong focus on, but is not limited to, those who do not want to return to formal education but are eager to join the work force and are lacking the technical and personal skill set to gain meaningful employment. Awards of up to €5,000 and €10,000 will be available. Organisations applying for funding will be asked to submit a detailed budget breakdown of expenditure.  

To be eligible when applying  your organisation must

Work with young people aged between 15-24 years old
Be a registered not-for-profit or charitable organisation
Have a bank account set up in the name of the organisation
Be registered in the Republic of Ireland and active in Ireland for the past 12 months
Have a child protection policy in place

Organisations applying for funding will have to show how their proposed project will show measurable impact in one of the following two areas:

Gain a new technical skill – young people have learned a new specific skill to support them in directly accessing employment (targeted training opportunities)
Increase in employment knowledge base and personal development – young people have engaged with a programme to support them to develop the skills required to make strong job applications (e.g. CV writing, interview preparation, mentorship)

All applications must be made online via www.iyf.ie/grants 

Closing date for applications in Thursday 16th December 2021  

For more information please visit https://iyf.ie/skills-employability-fund/

Tipperary Bealtaine 2022 
Renew and Grow – Open Call to Tipperary Artists

Each year in the month of May, Bealtaine is presented as an annual nationwide festival celebrating the arts and creativity as we age. The festival is an initiative of Age & Opportunity, the national organisation that promotes active and engaged living as we get older.

Tipperary County Council runs an extensive, interactive programme throughout the county and in recent times, has taken the lead in programming the festival with our partner Tipperary Libraries, inviting artists to become involved.

For the 2022 Bealtaine programme, we are taking a different approach through issuing an open call to Tipperary artists to become involved. This open call, with a deadline of 8th December, invites artists to submit a written proposal around themes of renewal and growth. The Covid-19 pandemic and in particular its impact on older people, has underlined the natural and human ecosystem of dependence and connection. Based on the experiences of the past 20 months and in light of the fact that 2022 marks a particularly significant year in our nation’s history, we see opportunities for all of us to renew ourselves and the world around us, and to grow, personally and in strength of connection to each other. 

The artists selected will work closely with the older people whether in presenting or creating work. 

The funding available to each project will range from €1000 to €5000 depending on size, scale and reach of the proposal.

Deadline for Submissions is 12 noon Wednesday 8th December 2021

For more information visit https://www.tipperarycoco.ie/arts/bealtaine-2022-open-call or email tipperaryfestivals2021@gmail.com 

Please note: This open call is open to artists resident in County Tipperary only.

LEADER Funding

LEADER funding is open for communities and enterprises who wish to carry out capital projects, feasibility studies or training.  Key themes are COVID Recovery, Climate Change, SMART Towns and Villages.  Grants from €5,000 to €200,000 available subject to criteria.  

For more information contact info@stdc.ie or receptionho@ntdc.ie or visit www.stdc.ie