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  • Northside East

Northside groups boosted by airport’s community fund initiative 

Thursday, 10th January, 2019 6:00pm
Northside groups boosted by airport’s community fund initiative 

Representatives of local groups celebrating the Airport Community Fund.

Northside groups boosted by airport’s community fund initiative 

Representatives of local groups celebrating the Airport Community Fund.

THIRTY-SEVEN local community groups can look forward to a bright 2019 after learning they will share almost €150,000 from the second round of Dublin Airport’s Community Fund.

The organisations being funded include 32 successful applicants plus five groups that were previously supported by Dublin Airport in a multi-year agreement and are now backed by the fund as part of a transition arrangement.

The fund also supports up to 10 students per year from economic disadvantaged backgrounds to enable them to attend Dublin City University (DCU) via its Access Programme.

Dublin Airport managing director Vincent Harrison said almost €750,000 has been invested in 132 different local community groups, since the fund first launched in September 2017.

“The activities and programmes supported by the fund are having a hugely positive impact on our local communities and we are committed to supporting this great work in the years ahead,” said Mr Harrison.

Dublin Airport’s €10 million Community Fund was launched in the summer of 2017 with an annual investment of €400,000 over 25 years. 

Support is focused on areas such as environment and sustainability, sports and recreation, social inclusion and community development, health and wellbeing, and culture and heritage.

Applications to the fund are accepted from organisations based in the following community areas: Cloghran, Forrest Little, Greater Baskin, Hollystown, Malahide, Portmarnock, Rolestown, Santry, St. Margaret’s, Swords, The Ward, Tyrrelstown and Ballymun. 

A total of 63 applications were submitted for the second round of support from the fund in 2018.

Projects receiving funding from this latest round of applications include Lambay Singers in Swords which is buying a digital piano, Gaelscoil an Chuilinn in Tyrellstown, which is developing a Sensory room in the school, and Rivermeade FC in St Margaret’s and Ballymun Kickhams GFC, both of which are buying new goalposts.

The Community Fund reopened for applications on January 1. Details can be found at www.dublinairport.com/community-fund.

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