Monaghan Sports Partnership – Sports Club Grant Scheme 2023

Monaghan Sports Partnership’s overall aim is to support and increase participation in Sport and Physical Activity. With this in mind, we are pleased to announce our Grant Programme for 2023 for sports clubs that provide activities of a sporting or physical activity nature and in particular projects that attract new members or which increase participation in an activity.

Online applications are now being accepted for assistance under this fund, which is available under three strands:

  • Strand 1:              Sports Club training / playing equipment

Eligible items – sports equipment (non-capital / non-personal)


  • Strand 2:              Sports Club Education and training supports

Eligible items – coaching and training course costs for sports club volunteers


  • Strand 3:              Sports Club Participation Initiative

 Apply online here

Eligible items – a new community-based initiative with a specific target group  

Clubs may apply (where eligible) for one or more of the strands listed – (terms and conditions apply)

Closing date for online applications:


Thursday 30th March 2023 at 5.00pm


Online application form, Guidelines (terms & conditions) and all relevant information is available at

General enquiries to Monaghan Sports Partnership office 042-9755126

Lá Idirnáisiúnta na mBan

Cuireann Tionól na mBan Chontae Mhuineacháin
fáilte ó chroí romhat ag ‘Cruinniú Comhairle

Droim ar Ais’ chun aird a tharraingt ar

Lá Idirnáisiúnta na mBan.

Dáta: 8 Márta 2023 ag 3.00 p.m.
Ionad: Seomra na Comhairle, MTEK 1, Cnoc an Chonnaidh
Cláraigh ag:

Is é Téama na bliana seo #Glac le Cothromas, agus beidh Cathaoirleach Thionól na mBan, an Comhairleoir Cathy Bennett, sa chathaoir. Ag cruinniú seo na Comhairle, cuirtear inscne na gComhairleoirí droim ar ais, mar sin, seachas 16 Comhairleoir fear agus 2 Chomhairleoir ban, beidh 16 Comhairleoir ban agus 2 Chomhairleoir fear againn.

Is é an cuspóir a bhaineann leis seo ná, ar dtús, aird a tharraingt ar an éagothroime seo i gcomhdhéanamh ár gcomhairlí tuaithe, agus ansin, chun feasacht a ardú ar obair agus ról na mban sa rialtas áitiúil. Táimid ag súil le tú a fheiceáil ann!


Monaghan LCDC Progresses to Next Stage in Bid to Run 2023-27 LEADER Programme

Monaghan Local Community Development Committee recently received notification from the Department of Rural & Community Development that its application to run the 2023-27 LEADER Programme in the county has passed the first screening stage, and that it has now been awarded funding to prepare a detailed Local Development Strategy, which will outline the basis for how the LCDC plans to roll out the LEADER programme over the five-year programme period.

Two organisations have been progressed to this stage in Co. Monaghan, but ultimately only one will be selected to deliver the LEADER programme.

Monaghan LCDC has successfully overseen the current LEADER programme since 2016.  Monaghan LCDC is extremely well placed to deliver the LEADER Programme as it brings together all stakeholders in local development.

€6 million will be available to Co. Monaghan under the new LEADER Programme, which will target the three priority areas of:

  • Economic Development & Job Creation
  • Rural Infrastructure & Social Isolation and
  • Sustainable Development of Rural Environment & Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation

The LCDC is currently awaiting guidance documents from the Department which will set out the manner in which the Local Development Strategy shall be developed.   Widespread consultation will be undertaken throughout Co. Monaghan over the coming weeks to gather the views of those who may wish to make an application to the LEADER programme over the next few years.

Monaghan LCDC are also keen to engage with individuals and communities who have experience of applying to the current LEADER programme, to get feedback on the application process and to get suggestions for how it might be improved.

Further information on the consultation process will be widely publicised through the PPN, Social Media and the local newspaper.

If you wish to get involved in the consultation, you can do so by contacting Monaghan LCDC by emailing: or by phoning Olga Connolly on 047 73719 and asking for details of the consultation events to be sent to you when available.

More information – Olga Connolly 047 73719 


Monaghan PEACEPLUS Partnership seeks your views on a Local Community Peace Action Plan

Monaghan County Council has established a PEACEPLUS Partnership to oversee the effective development and implementation of a Local Community Peace Action Plan. The Partnership, formed in June 2022, is representative of communities across the county and includes Elected Members, Statutory representatives and Social Partners.

Working with a dedicated budget of €4.5 million under Investment Area 1.1 ‘Building Peaceful and Thriving Communities’, the Partnership is guiding the co-design process to identify local key priority projects that will promote peace and prosperity across the county.

To date, a number of consultation events have taken place across the county. The events, both in person and online were very successful in terms of the level of engagement with members from the Community/Voluntary Sector and the local priorities identified.

It is important that representation is achieved from all community backgrounds and everyone is encouraged to take part in the consultation process as the plan must focus on the needs and priorities of our communities and aim to overcome local challenges and barriers.

The consultation process is ongoing and there is still time to get involved and share your views on the development of a PEACEPLUS Local Community Action Plan for the county through an online survey.

The online survey is available here

The survey will remain open until 5.00pm on 28 February 2023.

It is anticipated that a plan will be developed and submitted to the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) by Summer 2023 for review and approval with delivery commencing January 2024.

For further information on the consultation process and/or the PEACEPLUS programme please contact the PEACEPLUS Team by email or by telephone at 047 30500.

PEACEPLUS – Public Consultation Events


Public Consultation Events

 Monaghan County Council wish to invite you to attend a public consultation event to hear your views on the development of a new Monaghan LCDC PEACEPLUS Local Community Action Plan.

The Plan will be based on community needs and will seek to overcome challenges/barriers across a wide range of areas that will promote peace and prosperity across the district

Date Time Venue
Wednesday 1st February 2023


10am – 12am Peace Link, Clones
Wednesday 1st February 2023 2.30pm – 4.30pm Iontas Theatre, Castleblayney
Thursday 2nd February 2023 2pm – 4pm St Joseph’s Pastoral Centre, Monaghan
Thursday 2nd February 2023 7pm – 8.30pm Online event


Get involved by attending one of the following events:

There is no requirement to register your interest to attend an in-person event.

To attend the online event or if you require any further information on the consultation process, please contact Nicola Payne by telephone on 047 30500 or by email at



Incorporated Community Groups and Charities Urged to Apply to Pobal for Energy Costs Relief Before December 2nd Deadline

PRESS RELEASE – 23/11/2022
A Second Funding Scheme, To Be Launched Shortly By LCDC, Will Be Able To Support Other Types Of Community Organisations With Their Running Costs.
Chairman of Monaghan Local Economic & Community Development Committee, Alan Johnston, today moved to encourage local community groups to avail of one of the two
funding packages put in place by Minister Heather Humphreys’ Department of Rural & Community Affairs to help the community and sector cope with the rising cost of energy this winter.

He was speaking to welcome the announcement by Minister Humphreys last week of an allocation of €277,255 to Co. Monaghan under a new Community Support Scheme, which will provide small grants to a wide and diverse range of local community groups to carry
out small upgrade works, purchase equipment to support their activities and assist with their running costs, which can include energy costs. The Community Support Scheme will be rolled out through the LCDC, which is currently preparing the application form and guidelines, and expects to open the scheme to applications within the next fortnight.

In the meantime, Mr Johnston is anxious to point out that a separate scheme has been put in place by the Department to assist larger community groups with their energy costs, and that due to this, these groups will not be able to seek help with energy costs from the
LCDC-run scheme.

It is therefore vital, says Mr Johnston, for all incorporated community groups (eg CLG’s and co-operatives) and registered charities to visit the Pobal website and apply for their energy
costs through the Community and Voluntary Energy Support Scheme (CVESS). This scheme is now open, and will close on the 2nd of December. These larger groups will still be welcome to apply to the LCDC’s Community Support
Scheme for other costs, upgrade works etc, but will not be able to claim energy costs through this Scheme.

While the LCDC is still awaiting guidance from the Dept of Rural & Community Development on eligibility criteria for projects under the new Community Support Scheme, it is known that the Scheme is specifically designed by the Department to support a wider
range of groups than any previous scheme. Funding will be available to support Parish Halls, Community Centres, Local Development Associations, Social Clubs, ICA Groups, Senior Citizen Groups, Men’s Sheds, Women’s Sheds and much more.

The new scheme has been devised to support groups with their energy costs who may not have been deemed eligible under previous Government schemes.

These include groups that operate from parish halls and who need support with running costs such as energy or insurance bills.
Groups can also use the funding to carry out small upgrade works on buildings, and to purchase equipment such as laptops and printers, lawnmowers, training equipment, etc.

When available, full Guidelines and application forms will be posted to the Community Grants section of Monaghan County Council’s website, Monaghan Public Participation Network will circulate a notice to all their member groups as soon as the details of the Scheme are announced. If you are not already a member of the PPN, you can sign up to receive updates from them on their website or by liking their Facebook page.

Healthy Monaghan Public Consultation Survey for Healthy Ireland Round 4 planning 2023-2025

The Vision of a Healthy Monaghan is where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health and wellbeing to their full potential, where wellbeing is valued and supported at every level of society and is everyone’s responsibility.

Healthy Monaghan request the input of individuals, agencies, groups and organisations to help identify the health risks, health priorities and associated target groups across County Monaghan. The output of this survey will be used to support our planning for health and wellbeing activities across the County for the next three years.

The survey is composed of multiple-choice questions with the option to provide further detail in some places, however it is not required to provide further detail if you do not want to. Please note that if you would like to have your own view and that of your organisation(s) represented you will need to complete a separate survey for each perspective you wish to have represented.

If you feel there is further information that would help us, please include these comments at the end of the survey (Question 8).

The survey takes no more than 5 minutes to complete. We appreciate you taking the time and for your interest in the health and wellbeing of the population of County Monaghan.

Link to Survey

This is an anonymous survey so please do not provide any personal data in the answers to your questions. 









Monaghan Social Inclusion Week 2022

Monaghan Social Inclusion Week 2022

Monaghan Social Inclusion Week 2022 will take place from Monday 14th November to Sunday 20th November.  The initiative was officially launched by Cathaoirleach Councillor Seán Conlon on Friday 4th November at the Íontas Arts and Community Resource Centre in Castleblayney.

The initiative is being organised by the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) Equality Subgroup which is made up of representatives of the key service providers in Monaghan. Social Inclusion Week is an educational and insightful week which provides opportunities for service providers, community groups and educators from across the county to showcase the great work which they undertake in our communities. Local community groups were invited to take part in Social Inclusion Week with an advertising campaign inviting them to submit their events to be included in the Programme of Events.

The theme for this year’s Social Inclusion Week is “Tolerance”. Respecting and tolerating the beliefs of others is a key part of living in any democratic society. Ireland’s population is the youngest in Europe and is becoming increasingly diverse as more people from around the world choose to live, work and study here.

The key aims of Social Inclusion Week is to highlight the positive work which Monaghan County Council and other service providers, as well as community groups, undertake which seeks to reduce social exclusion and poverty. It will raise awareness of the barriers experienced by citizens of Monaghan that lead to social inclusion. It is also an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of people in County Monaghan. Finally, it also aims to promote an understanding of inclusion in and to celebrate diversity throughout the county.

Please find a full programme of events which will take place during Monaghan Social Inclusion Week 2022 below:

Social Inclusion Week 2022

Please find a full programme of events which will place during Monaghan Social Inclusion Week 2022 below: Social Inclusion Week 2022