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Community Recognition Fund – New Grant Funding for 2024

Minister Heather Humphries has just announced the 2024 tranche of the “Community Recognition Fund”, with another €50m of funding now available to help boost towns and communities that have taken in refugees from Ukraine and other countries.

The funding is intended to develop local amenities and infrastructure such as local parks, sports clubs, and other facilities in recognition of the contribution being made by these communities in welcoming and hosting new arrivals.

A MUGA, Parkour Park, Outdoor Gym, Calisthenics Gym, or Pump Track fits well within the awarding criteria, so if your local community is considering having one of these types of facilities installed, the Community Recognition Fund can be used to fund your project.

Have a read of our helpful FAQs for all the information you need to get started!

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Community Recognition Fund FAQs

What does the Community Recognition Fund cover?

  • Developing or enhancing play areas, walkways, parks, MUGAs, community gardens, and recreational areas.
  • Developing or enhancing sports clubs and sports facilities, recreational facilities such as swimming pools, gyms, etc.
  • Purchase or refurbishment of community facilities or buildings.
  • And more…

In a change to last year’s scheme, this year the minimum project value is €50,000, so the 2024 fund is targeted at larger-scale developments than the 2023 fund.

How much is available in funding from the Community Recognition Fund?

From €50,000 to €500,000 per project. The grants are 100% funded but can be topped up by local fundraising efforts if desired. The amount available depends on the number of refugees your area has accepted.

A full breakdown of the amount available to each county is available in this link.  €50 million is the total fund pool that has been made available.

What is the deadline for submitting my Community Recognition Fund application?

The deadline for first-round applications is 31st May, with applications to be made via your local authority.

What is my next step?

Applications can only be made by a local authority, so if you have a project in mind the next step is to contact your local authority and outline your project and requirements to them. They will assess local applications and requests and submit formal applications on your behalf.

Before you contact them feel free to contact us and we can discuss the options you have concerning your application.

Can OUTFIT help?

Yes! Our range of outdoor fitness and recreation equipment is a great choice to enhance any community and is fully funded and permissible under this grant. An outdoor gym, calisthenics/street workout area, MUGA, parkour park, or pump track would be a great choice.

We can supply a quick quotation and/or price list to go alongside your application and we can deliver the work within the grant timelines.

Contact Us today to speak to us about your potential project.