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What grants are available to community groups from KCC?

What type of festival qualifies for a grant?

What support is available for voluntary groups engaged in community activity?

What is the closing date for these grants?

Is there any support for 3rd level education other than a Higher Education Grant?


What grants are available to community groups from KCC?

Through its Community and Enterprise Department, Kildare County Council offers grants for Festivals and Community Activity projects.

What type of festival qualifies for a grant?

This grant scheme aims to promote and support local festivals and celebratory activities in the county. The scheme is designed to support and assist those events that have a tourism, cultural/artistic or community perspective.

What support is available for voluntary groups engaged in community activity?

Applications are welcome for activities which promote the well-being of communities in County Kildare. We will consider funding specific projects in the following areas (not day to day running costs): · Projects that take account of and assist under-represented groups · Projects that reduce the level of social exclusion and poverty in the county · Projects which increase opportunities for local employment and training · Projects that promote social integration and links with new residents in the county · Improvement or conversion of existing buildings for community use Preparation of development and action plans of local groups, local research and training

What is the closing date for these grants?

The application forms can be viewed and downloaded from our website. The closing date for the grants will be around St. Patrick's Day.

Is there any support for 3rd level education other than a Higher Education Grant?

Yes. Kildare County Council awards two bursaries, which are designed to provide an opportunity to study at third level to persons who may not be in a position to undertake a course of study, because of serious disadvantage or disability. The William G. Carroll Bursary is mainly, but not exclusively, for third level courses in the field of community development. The Kildare Education Bursary for People with Disabilities is for any third level course. Applications are invited from persons living in County Kildare who wish to undertake a degree course at a recognised third level institution in Ireland. Each course must be of undergraduate nature. Bursaries are not normally available for either PLC courses or Post-graduate courses, but will be considered on a case by case basis. Application forms are usually available at the beginning of September.

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