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Community Enhancement Programme

Published: 27 November 2018
From: Department of Rural and Community Development

The Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) was put in place for the first time in 2018. It provides capital funding to community groups across Ireland. This allows these groups to enhance facilities in disadvantaged areas.

Examples of projects that can be funded include:

  • IT and CCTV equipment
  • minor improvements to buildings
  • minor renovation of community centres
  • development of community amenities
  • purchase of equipment
  • improvements to town parks, common areas and energy-saving projects

The Community Enhancement Programme was put in place following a review of two existing programmes. A report on the review is available here.

  • funding of €13m was provided in 2018, including €0.5m for Men’s Sheds. A list of projects approved to date under the 2018 Community Enhancement Programme is available here. A list of projects approved under a ring-fenced Men’s Shed fund is available here
  • the Community Enhancement Programme replaced two programmes that operated in 2017. These were the recast RAPID programme and the Communities Facilities Scheme (CFS). Detail on projects funded under those are available here (CFS funding) and here. (RAPID funding)

The Community Enhancement Programme is administered by Local Community Development Committees in each Local Authority area.