Community Centres are buildings that are community owned and primarily used for community activities.
They are public locations where members of a community tend to gather for group activities, social support, public information, and other purposes.
2023 Community Centres Investment Fund – New Builds Measure
The Community Centres Investment Fund – New Builds Measure
will invest circa €20 million in new build multi-functional community centres with a minimum grant of €1,000,000 up to a maximum of €6,000,000.
The measure is designed for ‘shovel-ready’ projects with all the necessary permissions and consents in place. The deadline for the receipt of applications was 3 July, 2023.
2022 Community Centres Investment Fund – Improvement and Refurbishment of Existing Community Centres
In 2022 capital funding of over €45 million was provided for the improvement and refurbishment of existing community centres in both urban and rural areas.
Funding was available under 3 Categories, with grants of up to €300,000 available:
Small scale projects/improvements to facilities - up to €25,000
Larger scale projects - €25,001 to €100,000
Major projects - €100,001 to €300,000
Funding was available for capital works such as:
works to improve communal facilities such as kitchen and toilet facilities
energy retrofitting, new windows / doors / heating systems
upgrades to lighting systems and stage areas
works to address safety concerns, including as a result of fire safety audits
works to improve disability access
improvements to assist in providing additional or better services to the community such as meals for the elderly and youth facilities
works to develop Community Centres as Social Hubs through the development of Community Cinemas, Youth Hubs and Community Libraries
essential maintenance works (e.g. roof repairs)
Successful projects under Categories 1, 2 and 3 of the Community Centres Investment Fund can be viewed here