About Galway Rural Development
What area do we cover?
GRD is one of the new Local Area Groups established through the Dept of Rural, Community & Gaeltacht Affairs and covers the east of the county as shown in the map below.
Who are we?
Galway Rural Development Company Ltd. (GRD) was established in July 1994. It is a Partnership of 23 directors, representing statutory agencies, social partners, business, farming, community and voluntary sectors. For details of the current Board Members click here: Galway Rural Development currently has thirty four members of staff, based in Athenry, and out of other locations throughout the county. For details of staff click here.
What do we do ?
GRD administers the Local Community Development Programme (LCDP), and the Rural Development Programme (RDP). GRD also administers the Rural Social Scheme, the North East Galway Rural Transport Programme, Homestart and sponsors a Community Employment Scheme providing maintenance work for local communities and clerical and administrative support
GRD recognises that funding alone will not result in sustainable development, GRD therefore has two roles. a) Developmental support - over the course of the above programmes GRD works to ensure that communities and individuals in the rural areas of County Galway are provided with relevant information, enabled to identify their own local needs and act on these. Through our staff, GRD offers support and guidance to local communities and individuals. This is facilitated through promotion campaigns, public meetings, workshops and seminars. b) Grant aid for specific projects – while the work within GRD is carried out synonymously across both the Social Inclusion Programme and the Rural Development Programme, there are separate guidelines for each.
Eligibility for grant aid varies according to each programme and measures therein. This is outlined in the relevant sections on the different programmes. The company operates across its programmes:
- Rural Development Programme
- Local Community Development Programme
- Rural Social Scheme & TUS
- CE Scheme
- North East Galway Rural Transport
Where are we?
The main office of GRD is situated within Mellows Campus, the premises of Teagasc, on the Dublin Road two miles out of Athenry. We can be contacted by telephone on 091 844335, by fax: 091 845465 and by e:mail at email@example.com
The outreach offices for the GRD Mediators who operater within the Local Community Development Programme (LCDP) are as follows:
Dawna Concannon – Mediation Service Ballinasloe
Unit 4, River View,
Tel: 09096 45111
Mob: 087 2312197
Outreach to Portumna & Ballygar
Angela Mahon – Mediation Service Loughrea
c/o County Council Office
Tel: 091 8476111
Mob: 087 6535761
Outreach to Gort & Woodford
Adrian Feeney – Mediation Service Tuam
Galway Rural Development Company Ltd.,
Tel: 093 26211
Mob: 087 994407
Outreach to Headford, Glenamaddy & Williamstown