By Muintircork on 12 Jan 2015 12:05 pm
Cork County Council is inviting all community groups / organisations to register and participate in a new community network that it is establishing to enable people in Cork County to have a say on issues that concern them. This will be known as the Public Participation Network (PPN). Online registration is now open and will continue untilFebruary 4th 2015.
Cork County Federation Muintir na Tire is strongly advising all Community Groups in the County to register with the Network. If you wish to get further information on this or help with your registration please contact Denis Kelly at 0214500688 or 0872034876. or email email@example.com
By Muintircork on 11 Jan 2015 04:50 pm
To Do this Month
Plan! This is a great month to decide where and what you are going to grow this year. If you are just starting out check out our website for handy guides.
Consider building or buying some raised vegetable beds.
There’s still time to spread well-rotted manure or compost on your vegetable beds and cover them down with black polythene to start warming them up for spring sowing.
Start collecting old plastic bottles and containers as cloches and covers, and collect toilet roll inserts to use as pots for sowing.
Order your seeds, onions sets and seed potatoes.
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By Muintircork on 11 Jan 2015 03:42 pm
Each Year Cork County Council provide grant aid under the Amenity Grant Scheme:
The aim of this Scheme is to support groups who wish to build/improve facilities and or the purchase of equipment that will have a minimum lifetime of 5 years costing under €20,000. Applications are handled separately for each of the County’s three divisions. I will let you know when the next round of funding is announced.
Eligible Projects for Amenity Grant Scheme:
The type of projects that would be eligible for funding under this scheme are:-
- Tidy Town projects
- Improving amenities/purchase of equipment
Ineligible Projects for Amenity Grant Scheme:
The following is a list of the type of projects that would be ineligible for consideration under this scheme:-
- Organisations/groups that have received funding under the Amenity Grant Scheme for the last three consecutive years (with the exception of Tidy Towns Committees)
- Running costs of the projects (wages, electricity etc.)
- Projects of a commercial nature
Who may Apply?
Community groups and local organisations within County Cork. Proposals from individuals will not qualify.
Levels of Support
The level of grant assistance will depend on a range of factors, including type of project, availability of other sources of funding, and the overall number of applications seeking funding under the Scheme.
Groups may choose to combine funding from the scheme applied for with other sources of grant aid. However, the fund will not become a substitute for other existing funding programmes. In all cases, groups seeking funding will be required to generate a significant percentage of local matching funding and evidenceof this funding will be sought from applicants.
When substantial capital projects are proposed, confirmation that all the required funding has been secured (i.e. letters of offer from agencies, bank statements showing own funds etc.) must accompany the application.
Where the Group is not registered for VAT, grant aid can be paid on costs inclusive of VAT.
Grant aid will be paid retrospectively, on submission of paid invoices.
Should the full funding for the Scheme not be taken up at this time, or should other funds become available to any scheme, a further round of applications may be held.
Minimum/Maximum Grant Payable for Amenity Grant Scheme:
A grant in excess of €3,800 will be given only where the applicants are or constitute themselves a legal entity, e.g. a company under the Companies Acts, a Co-operative Society, a Friendly Society, Trustees, etc. The maximum grant for any one project will be €6,348 in any one year.
The following conditions will generally apply for the receipt of a grant under the scheme:-
- The proposed development shall comply, if applicable, with all requirements in relation to Planning, Building Regulations and Fire Codes.
- Applicants will be required to provide evidence of their financial standing and their ability to manage any facility provided on implementation of their proposal. Evidence of title to site and evidence that all necessary statutory and other approvals are in place must be submitted with the application.
- Changes to the project, as described in the original application, must be agreed in writing with the Council in advance. Failure to do so may jeopardize the payment of grant aid.
- The grant will be reduced in the event of actual costs on completion of the project being less than the original estimate.
- The facilities to be provided shall be available for the use and enjoyment of the general public or particular groups at all reasonable times either free of charge or subject to moderate charges.
- If the project is not successfully completed, the Council will insist on repayment of any grant monies paid.
- Should the development be sold by the Organisation for profit within five years from the date of the Council’s contribution, the Council will insist on repayment of any grant monies paid from the proceeds of the sale.
- Grants must be taken up as follows:-
- Amenity Grant Scheme: within two years of notification by the Council to the applicant of allocation of the grant. The works must be completed.
The criteria which will be applied by Cork County Council when assessing applications are:
- The Council will endeavour to ensure that the available funds are dispersed around the county as equitably as possible.
- Projects must not compete with privately run projects of similar type and serving the same catchment/market.
- The extent to which the proposed actions relate to an identified need and are likely to bring direct benefit to the priority areas/ groups.
- The extent to which the actions incorporate sound community development practices and principles.
- The capacity of applicants to implement the proposal.
- The extent to which the proposed expenditure is complementary and additional to current statutory support (i.e. that it will not become a substitute for existing funding).
- The local contribution towards the project (in terms of finance, time, personal commitment, other in-kind contributions).
Acceptance of Grant Offer
- A legally binding agreement must be entered into between the Council and the body receiving the grant, dealing with the conditions of the grant.
- Any grant offer must be accepted in writing within 3 months of notification of the grant offer. Grant offers will lapse in the absence of such acceptance.
- The applicant must comply with Tax Clearance procedures.
- Progress reports and statements of expenditure may periodically be required for larger projects.
- Before final payment, the County Council may require a site inspection to ascertain that all work has been carried out.
Drawing down grants:
The maximum level of grant aid payable under the Scheme to any applicant from Cork County Council is 75%. Therefore, a minimum contribution of 25% is required from local Communities. Invoices and receipts to the value of 125%of the amount of the grant must be submitted when claiming payment of the grant monies.
Tax Clearance Procedures
Grants under €650:
No tax clearance needed.
Grants from €650 to €6,500:
The group will be required to supply a tax reference number & name of tax district dealing with their affairs.
The group will be required to sign a statement indicating that the organisation’s tax affairs are in order.
All buildings must be covered by a fire insurance policy, which fully indemnifies Cork County Council.
Applicants will be required to indemnify the Council against all and any claims arising from its involvement with the project.
Applicants should have appropriate Public Liability Insurance and, where necessary, Employers Liability Insurance and should ensure that any Contractor employed by them has an adequate level of cover. While the Council does not require copies of these insurances, this does not exempt the firms or groups from their insurance requirements, nor does it exempt the group which is receiving the Council grant from its responsibility to ensure the works and groups/firms carrying out the works are adequately insured.
Public Acknowledgement of Council’s Contribution
The applicant is to publicly acknowledge the Council’s contribution towards the amenity, details to be submitted to this office, and the Mayor of the County of Cork or nominee of the Mayor should be involved in any official opening of the amenity, so as to reflect the Council’s involvement.
By Muintircork on 11 Jan 2015 12:25 pm
Secondary closed 16th – 20th Feb incl.
Primary closed 19th – 20th Feb with option to extend to 5 day break.*
All schools will be closed on the 30th of March and re-open on the13th of April.
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By Muintircork on 11 Jan 2015 12:19 pm
War of Independence,
Secret Landscape Of Knockraha
Mr. Damian Shiels
Specialist in military, conflict archaeology and international lecturer.
Mr. Jim Fitzgerald
Locally and nationally acclaimed historian, author of many publications and originator of the “Corry’s tapes “.
Thursday the 22nd Of January 2015 at 8:00 p.m
In Knockraha Hall. Admission €5.
The Bomb Factory’s (3,500 Grenades).
Sing Sing Prison.
The East Cork Flying Column.
Public Lecture, Organised By: Knockraha Historical and Heritage Society
By Muintircork on 10 Jan 2015 08:10 pm
The Castlemartyr Family Carers and Disabilitysupport group will.have their next meeting on the 4th February in the Old School Hall Mogeely Road Castlemartyr at 11am .
The Agenda will.be
- Upcoming Access report for Castlemartyr for people with Disabilities .
- We have been asked to participate in the new Cork County Public Participation Network PPN from Cork County Council.
- Dates for the Summer respite breaks for family carers in Kerry for 2015.
- Coffee tea Chat.
David Maddox or Liz Maddox on 0214623884.
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By Muintircork on 09 Jan 2015 10:42 am
Urgent deadline……….The GIY Get Ireland Growing Fund for 2015 is still open for applications but the closing date is fast approaching. All submissions must be in before close of business Friday 23rd January. Don’t miss out on your chance to get some funding for your food growing project. Last year the fund was dispersed across 110 projects across the country and has made some really positive changes in communities everywhere.
By Muintircork on 07 Jan 2015 10:21 am