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Calling all community groups in Galway East! Are you in a local group and interested in finding out more about Biodiversity and how your group can make a difference in your local area?

Galway Rural Development - Thursday, August 13, 2020

Galway Rural Developments (GRD) and Burrenbeo Trust are looking to recruit 6 community groups across South and East Galway to participate in our COMMUNITY BIODIVERSITY TRAINING AND AWARENESS PROGRAMME. This project is funded under the Rural Environment Theme of LEADER 2014-2020 Read more

Minister Humphreys announces first towns and villages to benefit from new COVID-19 supports

Galway Rural Development - Tuesday, August 04, 2020
The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, announced details  on August 3rd of the first €2.8 million in funding approvals from her Department to help rural towns and villages to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. Four towns in County Galway were successful. Read more

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Cabinet subcommittee on insurance reform dropped at last minute

Galway Rural Development - Tuesday, June 16, 2020

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Galway Rural Development - Thursday, May 21, 2020
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Virtual Tidy Towns

Galway Rural Development - Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Tidy Towns groups throughout the County of Galway coming together virtually Read more

East Galway Communities benefit from quarter of a million euros in funding thanks to the LEADER Programme run by Galway Rural Development

Galway Rural Development - Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Galway Rural Development is delighted to announce the allocation of  LEADER funding for the following projects: Read more

President’s poem inspires new HSE ‘Hold Firm’ campaign

Galway Rural Development - Tuesday, May 12, 2020

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Ministers Ring and Canney launch €40 million COVID-19 support package for Community and Voluntary Organisations, Charities and Social Enterprises

Galway Rural Development - Monday, May 11, 2020

Ministers Ring and Canney launch €40 million COVID-19 support package for Community and Voluntary Organisations, Charities and Social Enterprises

8th May 2020


Funding will help alleviate funding challenges faced by organisations most in need

Mr Michael Ring TD, the Minister for Rural and Community Development and Mr Seán Canney TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development, have today (Friday, 8 May) announced the launch of a €40 million package of supports for Community and Voluntary Organisations, Charities and Social Enterprises.


A large number of these organisations are providing critical services to vulnerable individuals and groups in society arising from the COVID-19 crisis. Many of these organisations now find themselves in financial difficulty as fundraising efforts, commercial activities and other services they rely on have been curtailed due to the ongoing crisis.


The €40 million funding package is being made available through the Dormant Accounts Fund, which is specifically set aside to support initiatives which will benefit the most disadvantaged groups in society. 


The package consists of:

A €35 million ‘COVID-19 Stability Fund’ which will provide a level of support to qualifying organisations who are most in need and have seen their trading and/or fundraising income drop significantly during the crisis; and

A €5m Government commitment to a Philanthropy Fund, (Innovate Together) which will focus on supporting responses to the COVID-19 crisis that require innovative and adaptive solutions to existing and emerging challenges.


Speaking about the funding package unveiled today, Minister Ring said:

“I am acutely aware of the impact of the current restrictions on the funding of charities, social enterprises and community and voluntary organisations and on the services they deliver to those most in need. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their contribution to the inspiring community response to the current crisis.  

“This significant funding package for the sector will help to assist these key organisations to weather the crisis and allow them to maintain their valuable services”.


The Minister continued:

“Today’s announcement shows that Government has heard the concerns of the sector and, despite the significant financial constraints we now face, we have worked creatively to deliver this significant response. The Stability Fund will be administered by Pobal in conjunction with my Department.  However, it should be said that while the funding provided will be very welcome, Minister Canney and I recognise that significant challenges remain for community and voluntary groups and charities during this time.  Government Departments and Agencies will continue to work closely with the sector in managing through these challenges over the coming months.”


The Minister concluded:

Community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises have played a very significant role in supporting vulnerable people in our communities over recent weeks, particularly in the context of the Government Community Call.  I would like to commend them on that work, which I know is continuing.” 


This new funding is being provided in addition to the more than €45 million in funding, announced last November, for the Dormant Accounts Action Plan 2020. That funding was allocated for 43 separate measures to be delivered across 9 Government Departments to benefit disadvantaged groups.


On foot of the unveiling of today’s funding package, Minister Canney stated:


“When the Dormant Accounts Fund was established, provision was made for supporting the most disadvantaged in our society with any available funds. This package being put in place today achieves exactly that, making sure that these funds are being put to the best possible use at a time of real need for many in society.”


Minister Canney continued:

“I wish to put on record my thanks to Social Innovation Fund Ireland, which will be administering the Innovate Together, Philanthropy Fund. By joining forces with the philanthropic community, not only will we leverage donations for this important initiative but we can also tap into the innovative experience and expertise which already exists in this sector.


“The new funding package announced today will ensure that the organisations assisting our most vulnerable groups can continue this important work so that people can get the help and support that they need during these most challenging of times.”


The funding package for these organisations is complementary to the range of other supports provided by the Government to support businesses, employers and employees on foot of the crisis.


Full details of the Philanthropy fund can be found here.


Full details of the Stability fund can be found here.

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Galway County Freephone Number in Operation for Vulnerable Members of the Community Deals with over 260 calls for Assistance in response to COVID-19 Community Call

Galway Rural Development - Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Great news from Galway County Council about the partnership that is the Covid 19 Response Forum - here are some facts extracted from their recent press release. Read more

Welcome to the Galway Rural Development website. Galway Rural Development, through the programmes we administer, will continue to work along with other agencies, groups and individuals around the county to improve the quality of life for all citizens in our area. We especially wish to work with those who are most in need of assistance, to provide real opportunities for people to gain significant improvements for themselves and their communities throughout rural Galway.

Funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.