Local TD, Denis Naughten has welcomed the allocation of €42,200 for a number of social enterprises across County Roscommon & East Galway which will allow to invest in a range of areas including the purchase of new kitchen equipment, computers, training material, or carry out minor refurbishments.
The largest grant allocated to the area is for €15,000 which is going to Ballinasloe Area Community Development Ltd, an organisation that is instrumental in driving enterprise development and job creation in the wider Ballinasloe area.
Northwest Roscommon CDP, based in Ballaghaderreen, supports those who are unemployed or those trying to get back into the workforce, is to receive €8,550.
The Strokestown Hub Community Café Company Ltd has been allocated €6,120 to support their work with young people with intellectual disabilities. The hub also offers training to young adults in need of support.
Una Bhan Tourism Co-Operative Society which has been a key driver of tourism development in our area and is now helping to support Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands Tourism brand and they are to receive €4,995.
The County Galway Telework Co-op Society Ltd. in Mountbellew has been allocated €4,620 in funding to support their work assisting voluntary groups, festivals as well as working for with older people & the unemployed. The Co-Op is also involved in a tourism initiative known as “Galway’s Living Bog” project.
The final successful group is the Kilbride Community Shop which has received €2,915 to support their work in providing a vital community service in a rural area which has seen all of its local retail businesses close down over the last number of years.
“All of these local groups will share in €1m in national funding from the Dormant Accounts Fund, administered by Minister Michael Ring. The objective of this funding is to support local not for profit groups who are meeting an identified need in their own local area” concluded Denis Naughten.