Booklet Showcases Achievements of Monaghan County Council’s €3m Action Plan

Chair of Monaghan Peace IV Partnership, Patricia Monahan, and Peace Programme Manager, Nicola Payne closing the Peace IV Local Action Plan in Monaghan with a collection of photos and case studies
Chair of Monaghan Peace IV Partnership, Patricia Monahan, and Peace Programme Manager, Nicola Payne closing the Peace IV Local Action Plan in Monaghan with a collection of photos and case studies.

To mark the completion and achievements of Monaghan County Council’s, €3m, PEACE IV funded, Local Authority Action Plan, a special booklet has been released.

 The booklet features a number of key projects delivered under the plan, including case studies and a collection of images.  Detailing the programmes achievements and outputs. The booklet is available online at https://monaghan.ie/communitydevelopment/peace-iv/ or copies are available by emailing npayne@monaghancoco.ie

Funding for the Action Plan was provided by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, which is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Match-funding was provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland.

Commencing in 2017, the Action Plan delivered four projects under the theme of Children & Young People, involving over 800 participants (aged between 3 and 24 years of age). Project themes were diverse and included youth resilience, outdoor pursuits, diversity awareness, active citizenship and creativity and understanding our shared history.

It also delivered three projects under the Shared Spaces and Services theme which included: a multi-use games area at Mullaghmatt, a children’s play area at Rossmore Park and the redevelopment of Clones Post Office into a home for the arts. A small grants programme supported seven community led projects. These included a small astro turf area, a community garden and renovations to community halls.

 

Furthermore, it delivered five projects under the Building Positive Relations theme. Projects covered a range of distinct themes including an intergenerational project, cultural awareness programmes, diversity awareness and active citizenship. A small grants programme supported six peace building projects developed and led by community groups. These covered a range of areas including documenting accounts of ex-prisoners, cultural awareness, documenting stories of life on the border and understanding of minority faith communities.

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD said: I am delighted that my Department of Rural and Community Development was able to partner with the Northern Executive and the Special EU Programmes Body in providing support for these essential projects and initiatives that promote positive relations between people from all backgrounds.

Monaghan County Council secured over €3 million under the European Union’s Peace IV programme to deliver the Local Action Plan for the district and I would like to commend the collaboration, hard work and dedication between the project partners, including Cavan Monaghan Education & Training Board; Clones Erne East Sports Facility Management Company; County Monaghan Community Network, Monaghan Integrated Development and Monaghan County Council.”

Reflecting on the achievements of the Councils Action Plan, Gina McIntyre, Chief Executive of the Special EU Programmes Body said: “In recent years significant progress has been made to help us overcome issues associated with our shared past. However, many people still experience high levels of sectarianism and racism within our society with little or no opportunities to positively engage with each other.

“The EU PEACE IV Programme was designed to help change this with a significant amount of funding provided to local authorities across Northern Ireland and the border counties of Ireland, who have direct access to address local community needs. Monaghan County Council’s PEACE Action Plan is a great example of this as it has encouraged better community relations, built and improved shared spaces for all and invested in our children and young people; encouraging them to become active citizens and positive agents of change.”

“I would like to congratulate all of those involved in delivering and participating in the wide range of programmes that this Action Plan has afforded.” she continued.

Patricia Monahan, Director of Service at Monaghan County Council and Chair of Peace IV Partnership Board said, “The Monaghan LCDC Peace IV Action Plan has continued the good work of previous peace programmes by delivering activities with a focus on peace building, community engagement and community cohesion.  It is important to recognise the contribution made by the members of Monaghan LCDC and its Peace IV Partnership Board.  I would also like to acknowledge the work and support of the SEUPB and both match funding departments.”

For more information on this PEACE IV funded Action Plan please contact Nicola Payne, Peace Programme Manager with Monaghan County Council 047 30500 or email: npayne@monaghancoco.ie

For more information on the EU PEACE IV Programme, please contact John McCandless, Communications Manager with the SEUPB via mob. 07841 367052 or email: john.mccandless@seupb.eu

MONAGHAN FESTIVALS AND EVENTS GRANT SCHEME 2022

Festivals and events are a celebration of creativity and diversity and have an immensely positive impact on the lives of the residents and visitors to County Monaghan. These events deliver a range of social, cultural and economic benefits. They also attract visitors, increase social inclusion and create a positive image of County Monaghan both locally and nationally.

Applications are welcome from community/voluntary groups and organisations within County Monaghan who organise festivals and events.

Examples of an event include the annual St. Patrick’s Day parades, agricultural shows and a public exhibition or showcase.

The scheme welcomes applications for funding under two strands for festivals taking place during 2022:

S1    Delivery of small-scale festivals and events in Monaghan. Funding of up to €1,000 per application is available under this strand.

S2    Delivery of medium and large-scale festivals and events in Monaghan. Funding of up to €5,000 per application is available under this strand.

 

Guidelines on criteria and application forms for the Monaghan Festivals and Events Grant Scheme 2022 can be requested:

 

If you would like support to assist with completing your application, please email communitygrants@monaghancoco.ie or phoning the Community Development Section on 047 73720.

 

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES FUND 2022 ROUND 2: FUNDING TOWARDS RUNNING COSTS

Following an initial call for applications, which closed at end January, the budget for capital projects within this Fund has now been allocated. Successful applicants will be contacted shortly. There remains funding of over €50,000 available to allocate to projects under operating costs.

We now invite applications from community organisations who wish to seek assistance towards their running costs for the period 1st July 2021 to 30th June 2022.

  • Any not-for-profit community or voluntary group can apply to this Fund
  • Groups which have already made an application for running costs under Round 1 need not reapply, but may make an application to Round 2 for costs that they did not include in their Round 1 application.
  • Commercial organisations, individuals and for-profit organisations are not eligible for assistance
  • Schools and churches will not normally be considered for support

Notes:

Requests for assistance usually exceed the funds available. The Programme is likely to be oversubscribed.  Therefore, all applications fulfilling the conditions may not be successful or may be granted a lesser amount than applied for.

Applications must be made online

Please read the Guidelines before making an application

Guidelines For Community Activities Fund

APPLY ONLINE HERE

 

This is an online application process only and hard copy application forms will not be accepted.

Closing date for receipt of completed online applications is 5.00 p.m. Friday 25th March 2022  

At this time, the online portal will close and it will not be possible to submit further applications.

For any queries please email: communitygrants@monaghancoco.ie

Further information about the Community Activities Fund:

Funding of €265,142 has been awarded for County Monaghan for the Community Activities Fund under the Community Enhancement Programme. The Community Activities Fund (CAF) is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and is administered by Monaghan Local Community Development Committee (LCDC). The scheme was launched at national level by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, and the Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities, Joe O’Brien TD.

Round 1 of the Fund closed to applications on 31st January 2022,  and decisions were made at the March LCDC meeting. Recommendations have been forwarded to the Dept and it is expected that the outcome of the Round 1 assessment process will be announced shortly.

If you made an application for running costs to Round 1,  it is not necessary to make a repeat application to Round 2 for the same costs.  However, if you have supplementary information which you did not have at the time,  or wish to include additional bills,  you can do so by making a fresh application to Round 2 and it will be added to your original application and reassessed.

Celebrating National Tree Week – 20-26th March

To celebrate National Tree Week, which runs from 20-26th March, the Tree Council of Ireland have given us 300 saplings to distribute out to communities, to be planted in spaces where they will be enjoyed by the public (so, not in someone’s private garden!!). There is a mix of species on offer, shown below:

– red oak

– pedunculate oak

– silver birch

– common birch

– scots pine

– beech

– hazel

– rowan

– sycamore

Groups interested in availing of this offer should email clambe@monaghancoco.ie, stating the number and species of trees required.

Groups are asked to run an event to mark the planting of their tree(s) and to register their event on the National Tree Week website. https://www.treecouncil.ie/register-an-event

Trees will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Environmental Services Funding Scheme 2022

Monaghan County Council is committed to supporting local communities to promote, enhance and develop their local area. This commitment is supported by the annual Environmental Funding Scheme.

We are now inviting applications for the 2022 funding scheme.

Please note this funding is only for Environmental related projects.

 

Guidelines on criteria and application forms for the Environmental Services Funding Scheme 2022 may be obtained:

 

Environment Fund Application Form 2022 (MS Word)

Environment Grant Scheme Guidelines 2022 (MS Word)

Supplier Set Up 2022 (MS Word)

 

CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS IS FRIDAY 4th MARCH 2022

LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Community Activities Fund 2022

This Scheme is now closed.
Applications are being assessed and the outcome will be known following the March LCDC meeting

Community Activities Fund 2022

Funding of €265,142 has been awarded for County Monaghan for the Community Activities Fund under the Community Enhancement Programme.  The fund will be administered by Monaghan Local Community Development Committee (LCDC).  The Community Activities Fund (CAF) is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development.  the scheme was launched at national level by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, and the Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities, Joe O’Brien TD.

The Community Activities Fund will support groups, particularly in disadvantaged areas, with their non-pay running/operating costs, as well as funding to carry out necessary repairs and improvements to their facilities and purchase equipment. The scheme does not provide funding for the pay or employment of staff.

  • Any not-for-profit community or voluntary group can apply to this Fund
  • Commercial organisations, individuals and for-profit organisations are not eligible for assistance

Notes:

Requests for assistance usually exceed the funds available. The Programme is likely to be oversubscribed.  Therefore, all applications fulfilling the conditions may not be successful or may be granted a lesser amount than applied for.

Applications will be evaluated by the LCDC to ensure eligibility and consistency with the Local Economic and Community Plan 2016-2021 (LECP) which can be viewed at the following link https://monaghan.ie/communitydevelopment/local-economic-and-community-plan-lecp/

Applications must be made online

Guidelines are available here

You will be asked during the application process to supply the ITM co-ordinates for your project’s location. You can read a simple guide to how to find these co-ordinates here.

This is an online application process only and hard copy application forms will not be accepted.

Closing date for receipt of completed online applications is 5.00 p.m. Monday 31st January 2022  

At this time, the online portal will close and it will not be possible to submit further applications

For any queries please email: communitygrants@monaghancoco.ie 

Social Enterprise Capital Grants Scheme 2021

Social Enterprise Capital Grants Scheme 2021

Monaghan Local Community Development Committee invites applications for funding under the Social Enterprise Capital Grants Scheme 2021.

The Department of Rural and Community Development has approved €19,919.32 in funding for Monaghan under the scheme.

Funding will be aimed at supporting social enterprises with small scale capital projects such as the purchase of equipment or the carrying out of repairs or refurbishment of existing facilities. The Scheme does not provide funding for operating or administrative costs.

A Social Enterprise is an enterprise whose objective is to achieve a social, societal, or environmental impact, rather than maximising profit for its owners or shareholders. It pursues its objectives by trading on an ongoing basis through the provision of goods and/or services, and by reinvesting surpluses into achieving social objectives. It is governed in a fully accountable and transparent manner and is independent of the public sector. If dissolved, it should transfer its assets to another organisation with a similar mission.

Only social enterprises, as defined in the national social enterprise policy, may apply under this scheme.  All applicants will be checked and verified to ensure they meet the definition.

Expenditure incurred before the date of grant approval will not be eligible.

Note:  Applicants should be aware that the Programme is likely to be oversubscribed.  Therefore, all applications fulfilling the conditions may not be successful or may receive a lesser amount of funding than requested.

An online application form and guidelines are available on Monaghan County Council’s website at  www.monaghan.ie

Social Enterprise Capital Grants Scheme 2021 Appendix A (PDF)

Social Enterprise Capital Grants Scheme 2021 Guidelines (PDF)

If you have any queries please contact the Community Development Section by email communitygrants@monaghancoco.ie.

Closing date for receipt of completed application forms is 12:00 noon on Wednesday the 6th October 2021.

Make a submission

 

 

Streetscapes & Shopfronts Initiative 2021

Funding Announced for Shopfronts

A new scheme aimed at giving the towns and villages of rural Ireland a facelift through refreshing the front of premises has this week been announced by Minister Heather Humphreys’ Department of Rural & Community Development.  Streetscape Enhancement Initiative will provide funding to property owners to improve the facades of their buildings, and is part of the government’s ‘Our Rural Future’ initiative.

In Co. Monaghan, three towns have been selected to benefit from the scheme:  Monaghan town,

Ballybay and Carrickmacross.  An allocation of €220,000 has been made to the county, and Monaghan County Council has been tasked with preparing schemes for each town which will make best use of the available funding.

Monaghan County Council is now inviting premises owners to make contact if they are interested in participating in the Scheme. At this initial stage, detailed documentation is not required, just an idea of what you want to do, and how much it is going to cost.

The types of projects that could be supported include:

  • strategic collaboration between property owners to paint buildings or shopfronts in vibrant colours
  • commissioning of murals in towns and villages
  • upgrade or restoration of historic / traditional shopfronts
  • provision of street planting, shrubbery, trees and flowers boxes
  • illumination and lighting of architectural features
  • installation of canopies and street furniture
  • decluttering of streetscapes with removal of unnecessary signs / wires

The grant rates under the scheme are generous, with 70% funding available for individual premises, rising to 80% if the premises is included in a group of 3 or more being upgraded together.  Where the applicant is seeking just the cost of the paint, 100% of the cost is awarded.

The Scheme is also open to community groups, chambers of commerce etc.  who may wish to undertake work on derelict properties, or commission a mural.   Property occupants, eg those renting a retail unit, may also apply, providing they have the property owner’s permission.

All types of property are eligible for consideration, including commercial, residential and unoccupied buildings.  A maximum grant of €8,000 per building applies.

If you are interested in participating in this Scheme, you can find more information on Monaghan County Council’s website, www.monaghan.ie, where you will also find an online form for submitting your expression of interest.

Expressions of interest must be submitted on or before 7th September,  with the works to be completed by the end of October.

Guidelines For Expressions Of Interest (PDF)

Make a Submission

Public Consultation – Draft Public Realm Spatial Plan for Inniskeen Village

Monaghan County Council in conjunction with The Paul Hogarth Company has developed a Draft Public Realm Spatial Plan for the village of Inniskeen. We now invite you to have your say
and help us shape the Public Realm Spatial Plan so that it accurately reflects the needs of the village both now and in the future.
Please join us for an initial online webinar, on the Draft Spatial Plan, on Tuesday the 17th August 2021 at 7pm. The webinar shall be accessible via the following link:
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87497585137

Following the webinar, the Draft Plan, together with summary supporting documentation, shall be available for review on Monaghan County Council’s website, www.monaghan.ie, for a three week period, commencing Wednesday the 18th August 2021. You may submit your views/comments via the completion of a dedicated online survey and/or by emailing them to inniskeen@paulhogarth.com on or before 5pm on Wednesday the 8th of September 2021.

It is understood that online information cannot be accessed by everyone. The Draft Public Realm Spatial Plan shall also be available for inspection at Carrickmacross Civic Offices, Riverside Road, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan, during normal office hours (9.30am- 4.30pm), from Wednesday the 18th August 2021. Please contact the above-mentioned offices, via telephone on 042 9661236 or alternatively via Email at carrickmacross@monaghancoco.ie, to arrange an appointment to view the Draft Plan.

Hardcopy/handwritten submissions with respect to the  Draft Plan may be made in writing to:
Mr. Damien Thornton,
A/Municipal District Co-Ordinator,
Carrickmacross Civic Offices,
Riverside Road,
Carrickmacross,
Co. Monaghan
A81 RY22

no later than 5pm on Wednesday the 8th of September 2021.